Whether your spring to-do list includes building a fence or planting trees – breaking ground should always be done with caution. April is National Safe Digging Month so remember, your best line of defense before digging is to call 811, a free service that marks underground utilities and pipelines. Many of these are less than a foot underground.
The process is simple: Call 811 or visit clickbeforeyoudig.com three days
before a digging project, wait for underground utilities to be marked and don’t dig within two feet of those markers.
It’s best to call 811 any time you break ground, even if you think you know where a utility line is located. “In the U.S., an underground utility is hit every nine minutes, causing dangerous consequences,” says Tina Beach, public awareness specialist for CHS. “It takes a lifetime to build a farm, and it takes just one free call to keep it safe.”
HERMAN, MINNESOTA, April 22, 2019 – Local firefighters in the Herman area will be best prepared to respond to a propane emergency following the propane safety training held last week.
Herman Fire and
Rescue held a training on April 15th that included a hands-on
propane burn, where members of the department practiced controlling and
extinguishing a propane gas fire. CHS
supported the event by donating propane for the burn.
“At CHS, we
spend a significant amount of time and energy ensuring safety for our patrons,”
says Dustin Umlauf, Energy Manager with CHS.
“Having the opportunity to support safety initiatives in the community,
like this propane release training, is just another way we can ensure propane
users in our community are in good hands.”
As a home heat,
agricultural, and commercial propane supplier, CHS is proud to support
trainings and events like this that bring a greater level of safety to our
communities. With locations in Browns
Valley, Chokio, Clinton, Donnelly, Fergus Falls, Herman, Milbank, Morris,
Ortonville, Sisseton, Underwood and Wilmot, CHS is here to supply for your
needs. For more on what’s new at CHS, visit our website at www.chs-herman.com,
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By Mimi Falkman, senior marketing specialist, CHS Lubricants
Planting season is always a busy time of year on the farm,
but it can be especially tight when winter overstays its welcome. A short spring means there’s even less time than usual for farmers to complete some of the most important work of the year.
During a condensed planting season, equipment is under added
stress because it needs to work overtime to meet demands. To keep machines protected and operating at peak performance during a shorter spring, farmers can set themselves up for success by
preparing their equipment and fluids while the fields are still wet.
I’d like to introduce CHS Lumen as our newest premium starter fertilizer. CHS Lumen brings the ideal nutrient ratios to in furrow technology. With the ideal ratio of N: P being 1:3, CHS Lumen has an analysis of 5-15-3-0.1 Fe- 0.8 Zn. Along with that ideal ratio of nutrients, CHS has also added in our patent pending Ortho-Ortho EDDHA chelate to make nutrients in the soil like phosphorus and zinc more available to the plant. The combination of these nutrients and chelate is nothing new to the marketplace, but what makes CHS Lumen unique is the addition of the Hemicellulase enzyme. Unlike adding microbial products to the tank which can be inconsistent and temperature dependent, the Hemicellulase enzyme is active at all temperatures above freezing. This enzyme helps make nutrients more available to the plant as well as converting organic matter into simple sugars to kick start the microbial activity in the soil. Standard use rates in corn and sugar beets are 3 gals/A, in soybeans 1.5 gal/A, and in potatoes 3-5 gals/A. This is a low salt, seed safe product, but I would recommend mixing some water to get a mix of 5 gal/A or more for coverage. Contact your local CHS agronomy sales representative with any questions about CHS Lumen.
Herman, Minn farmer benefits from Cenex warranty program
The Cenex Total Protection Plan has been in place for over
50 years. Mark Severance, Herman MN farmer, has been adding his eligible
equipment to the program since 2001, around the time when the co-op in Herman
began offering the program to its patrons.
Having enrolled nineteen pieces of equipment in the warranty
program over the years, Severance is quick to say the program is well worth
it. “We’ve added every piece of
equipment that we can [to the program],” says Severance, and over the years
he’s filed a few claims. In April 2019, Cenex
Total Protection Program again proved its worth to Severance, when he was
awarded a check for over $23,000 to cover the repair expense for the front
planetary on one of his tractors.
The Cenex Total Protection Plan provides peace of mind for
farmers, especially during the busiest times of the year. By using Cenex Ruby Fieldmaster Premium
Diesel Fuels and Cenex lubricants, users can get up to 10 years or 10,000 hours
of engine and transmission coverage for new equipment (8 years or 8,000 hours
on used equipment) as an extension of the original equipment manufacturers’
warranties. LubeScan® oil analysis fluid
sample reports taken regularly through the program also identify internal
equipment condition issues early to stay ahead of potential downtime.
Enrollment in the program is simple, and at $299 for new
equipment ($399 for used), the upfront cost is a small price to pay for the
value the program provides. Contact a
member of the CHS Energy Department for additional information on
this program and how to enroll today.
reported net income of $248.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and
$596.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2019.
strong performance in the second quarter reflects our hard work at serving our
owners and other customers better. We’ve refocused on serving our customers and
improving our operations, and that has shown positive results in our financials
for the first half of fiscal 2019,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and
chief executive officer. “Our performance also reflects the benefit of a
diverse platform across business units that serves our cooperative and