Fall harvest is underway for many farmers in our area. The change of season is a busy time for most, and there are things we can do to ensure we go through this time without incidents.
Watch for signs of fatigue. When we are tired, we make mistakes. It may cost some time to take a break, but, in the long run, you may save your own life, or someone else’s.
Take care with equipment. Technology has allowed equipment to get bigger and more powerful. Take time to walk around equipment to look for safety issues. Be familiar with the equipment you are operating and stay aware of how much space you need to operate safely.
Safety on roadways. It is essential to pay attention when you’re moving equipment and to understand other drivers on the road might not know the rules regarding what you are doing. Make sure hazard lights are on, if appropriate, and all the proper signs and markings are displayed.
Take time for safety. While safety precautions can take time, it is time well spent. Most of us have taken shortcuts and not gotten hurt, but is the benefit of saving a few minutes worth the risk of a serious incident?
From all of us at CHS, we wish you a safe and successful harvest season.
Tips courtesy of Country Operations EHS Excellence Under Pressure Newsletter
Herman, Minnesota (Dec. 23, 2020) – Through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program, CHS is proud to support local organizations that focus on safety, agriculture industry leadership and supporting rural communities.
Roberts County 4-H received a $5,000 grant from CHS based out of Herman, Minnesota, to help fund the building of a local community center through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program. The community center will include a community room, banquet hall, office space and full kitchen, and will provide space for Roberts County 4-H members to gather as well as serve as a space for use by local community members.
“Rural communities work hard to keep people safe while building and developing tomorrow’s leaders,” says Jerry Kramer, general manager, CHS. “We are thankful for those who are dedicated to making sure our communities continue to be strong, safe places for our customers and employees to live and work together. Their great work helps build connections that empower agriculture and our communities.”
Since 2019, CHS ag retail locations across the U.S. have awarded more than $340,000 to local organizations through the Seeds for Stewardship program. The funds provided in 2020 are being used to help protect firefighters, engage students in ag leadership and education projects, sustain local 4-H and FFA groups, and build gathering places where 4-Hers and community members can meet.
The Herman-based CHS ag retail business delivers agronomy, energy and grain products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from eleven locations. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
In 2007, Jerry Bryson sold 50 acres of land in Herman, Minnesota to CHS.
Today, this land is home to a new, state of the art elevator complex, which began receiving grain October 13, 2020. In the photo gallery below, Bryson is pictured delivering the first load of grain into the new elevator. This is Bryson’s last harvest, as he plans to retire from farming after this fall.
The new elevator complex has an RFID card reader system for swift delivery and includes three 25,000 bushel/hour receiving pits. At 132 feet tall, 8 main silos along with additional smaller bins offer 1.45 million bushels of upright storage space.
Area farmers have already begun delivering to the new elevator. Take a quick watch of this video taken during construction, which gives an idea of the traffic pattern new grain deliveries will be taking to enter the elevator.
The safest way to mount and dismount vehicles, equipment, and ladders is to maintain three points of constant contact. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – always. Anything less and you’re risking a fall.
Tips for Using the THREE-POINT System
• Always face towards the equipment.
• Get a firm grip on the rails or handles.
• Look for obstacles on the ground before exiting.
• Mount and dismount when the equipment is stopped.
• Break the three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab, or platform.
• Slow down and take extra care in wet, snowy, or icy weather.
• Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
• Wear shoes with good support.
Common Mistakes to Avoid:
• Never jump – you may land off balance or on an uneven surface and fall
• Don’t climb down with something in your free hand – put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get to the ground.
• Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
• Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.
At a glance, Automated Fuel Delivery (AFD) offers value through:
1.) Peace of Mind
With advanced tank monitoring, you (and our delivery team) know your updated fuel levels daily. No more waiting for a fill on an empty tank during the busy season, as your tank is automatically added to the delivery list as fuel is used.
2.) Time Savings
No more calls to your fuel supplier to place an order, and no more late night worry during the busy season on the status of your fuel tank. AFD makes fuel inventory easy to manage.
3.) Average Pricing
It always seems like you get a fuel delivery the day the markets are at monthly highs, right? With AFD, your pricing is set as an average throughout the month, evening out your fuel bill.
Think the market is going to go up? You can also buy out your tank, giving you flexible options on making smart input purchases.
Our team is happy to answer questions about this program or get you enrolled. Contact us today!
MicroEssentials® SZ™ Raises the Perceived Corn Yield Ceiling
With improved technology helping farmers take advantage of every inch of the field, corn yields have been increasing over the past decade. But the yield ceiling for many fields is yet to be reached, often because key nutrients removed by high-yield systems are not being replenished to a level needed for increased yields.
The importance of balanced crop nutrition can’t be overlooked. In fact, with up to 60 percent of yield dependent on soil fertility, choosing the right fertilizer is critical. Providing corn crops complete nutrition from the moment the seed hits the ground through the entire growing season is one of the best ways to improve plant health and increase the yield of each plant.
With so much on the line, it makes sense to depend on the most advanced fertilizer product on the market to provide your corn crop the nutrition it needs. MicroEssentials® SZ™ is proven to increase corn yields by providing industry-best effectiveness and efficiency.
The Difference Is in the Research and Technology
Built on more than 10 years of agronomic research, The Mosaic Company’s line of premium fertilizer products, including MicroEssentials SZ, provides a balanced cornbinatioo of nutrients. Each granule of MicroEssentials SZ (12-40-0-10S-1Zn) contains nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc together to ensure the right balance of nutrients is available to the plant. Only MicroEssentials with patented Fusion® technology combines four key nutrients into one nutritionally balanced granule, creating a single source for balanced crop nutrition.
Long-term research shows that MicroEssentials SZ outperforms MAP, providing a yield increase of 7.2 bu/ac on average and a yield increase of 8.8 bu/ac on average compared to DAP.
Four Key Benefits of Micro Essentials SZ
Uniform nutrient distribution Each granule of MicroEssentials SZ is uniquely formulated, so when it is applied, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc are all delivered at an even rate across the field to easily achieve uniform nutrient distribution. This means plant roots have more access to reach the key nutrients needed for optimal growth.
Improved nutrient uptake The innovative Fusion technology used to develop MicroEssentials SZ also gives every granule an identical chemical makeup that promotes interaction between the different nutrients, which in turn encourages nutrient uptake. In fact, across a broad range of soil types, research has shown that MicroEssentials SZ helps plants take up as much as 28 percent more phosphorus.
Season-long sulfur availability Today, crops need additional sulfur, and need it through the entire growng season. MicroEssentials SZ helps address this increased need. Sulfur is immobile in the corn plant, so two types of sulfur are recommended to ensure season-long availability. MicroEssentials SZ contains both sulfate, which is available immediately and used as a corn plant begins to grow, and elemental sulfur, which breaks down in soil over time and is available for the later stages of growth.
Return on investment MicroEssentials provides a return on your investment by increasing yield and your bottom line. Develop a fertilizer plan with MicroEssentials that is customized for your yield goals and soil nutrient levels.
Get Your Head in the Dirt
As long as corn has been grown, the focus on improvement has remained above ground, with increased yields. But perhaps it’s time to look several feet lower to find additional yield potential. Providing a corn crop with balanced crop nutrition right from the start gives it the advantage it needs to yield higher. MicroEssentials SZ offers four nutrients in each balanced granule. With up to 60 percent of yield dependent on soil fertility, isn’t it time to change your perspective on what it takes to reach your yield ceiling? Get your head in the dirt at MicroEssentials.com.
HERMAN, MINNESOTA. (AUGUST 3, 2020) – Every second counts when detecting and fighting fires, and through a donation from CHS, the Battle Lake Fire Department has purchased a newer grass fire truck to fight fires quicker and keep their volunteer firefighters safer.
The fire department received a $5,000 grant through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant program to purchase the new grass truck and firefighting equipment.
“The Battle Lake Fire Department is made up of 20 volunteer firefighters and provides service to citizens of the Battle Lake area and four area townships,” says Brock Bleichner, Battle Lake Fire Dept. volunteer and CHS employee. “Their mission is to prevent fires through education, to fight fires and to preserve and protect life and property against injury and damage from fires in their coverage area. Having a new grass fire truck will make fighting grass fires quicker to protect farmland and homes. Replacing SCBA tanks and masks and having new turn out gear will keep these volunteer firefighters safer to ensure they can return home to their families.”
CHS is committed to putting the safety of its employees, owners, customers and communities first every day and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership development through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.
For CHS in Herman, this grant decision was an easy one to make: “Battle Lake MN is only 19 miles from our Fergus Falls location. Not only do we have an active full-time employee that serves as a volunteer firefighter with this fire department, we have many patrons and employees living in this area,” says Jerry Kramer, CHS General Manager.
Locally, CHS provides funding to area FFA programs, offers scholarships for first year college students, and promotes various community events such as farm, agriculture and safety-related events.
Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program.
The CHS ag retail business based out of Herman, Minnesota delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from 11 locations. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.