Bees and Wasps: Quick Tips and Reminders

It’s that time of year again when everybody’s favorite pollinators start showing up. I’m talking about the stinger-bearing insects that we start seeing in the summer: bees and wasps. Since these insects are most abundant in the warmer months, its important to be on the look out for nests and hives that may be developing in your yard. Bees and wasps tend to make theirs homes in places like trees, roof eaves, and even on equipment such as ladder or under tank valve covers.

You can remove the hives by yourself, but it is recommended that you have a professional handle these pests. If you have the proper protection, such as a hat, gloves, or ideally a bee suit if you have one, you can spray insecticide on the hive to get rid of the pests before you take it down. This isn’t a one and done application though as it may take several applications before the bees are all gone.

If you do have bees or wasps in your yard, here are some quick tips that can help you avoid getting stung:

1. Wear light-colored, smooth-finished clothing.

2. Avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos, and deodorants.

3. Wear clean clothing and bathe daily. (Sweat may anger bees.)

4. Wear clothing to cover as much of the body as possible.

5. Avoid flowering plants when possible.

6. Keep work areas clean. Social wasps thrive in places where humans discard food.

7. Remain calm and still if a single stinging insect is flying around. (Swatting at an insect may cause it to sting.)

8. If you are attacked by several stinging insects at once, run to get away from them. (Bees release a chemical when they sting, which may attract other bees.)

a. Go indoors.

b. A shaded area is better than an open area to get away from the insects.

9. If a bee comes inside your vehicle, stop the car slowly, and open all the windows.

10. Workers with a history of severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings should consider carrying an epinephrine auto injector (EpiPen) and should wear a medical identification bracelet or necklace stating their allergy.

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but by following these tips you can make the best of the remaining summer days.

ATV Reminders and Safety

  1. Make sure your ATV ramps are designed for ATV use, properly rated for the load and are long enough to prevent an overly steep approach to the truck or trailer bed.
  2. When rolling your ATV up or down ramps, secure them to the truck with a pair of tie-downs. Without them, jerky acceleration or braking can easily cause the ramps to slip and fall off the tailgate.
  3. Secure the ATV before driving with appropriate straps or tiedowns. Every time you stop and get out of your vehicle, check to make sure your straps are tight and see if the load has shifted. keep in mind, if you’re hauling in the rain, nylon straps stretch when they get wet, so extra attention is needed if things are damp.
  4. An easy way to save the front of your bed from damage, or even worse, your rear window from being broken by your quad’s bumper, use an old tire to wedge it between the ATV before tying it forward. A simple wood box works too!
  5. Using an extra tie-down or a bungee cord over a loose seat or a set of fender could save you from a ruined day.

It’s that time of year again to stock up on Cenex® Grease that’ll make you eligible for to earn VISA® Gift Cards!

Summer is right around the corner, and the 2021 Summer Grease for Gift Cards promotion will soon kickoff to reward customers for buying Cenex® grease. From June 15 through August 14, 2021, customers can earn a $15 VISA® gift card for every 4-10 pack or 35# pail, OR a $50 VISA gift card for every 120# keg of qualifying products purchased.

Qualifying products include:

  • Corn Head Grease
  • HD Moly Xtreme
  • Poly-Xtreme®
  • Maxtron® EP
  • Blue Gard® 500+™
  • Molyplex 500+
  • Maxtron® FS
  • Red Protect XT®
  • ML 365®
  • Fluid Gear Grease

Once the program begins:

  1. Customers will be provided a Summer Grease for Gift Cards Redemption Form at time of Cenex grease purchase.
  2. Customers, or dealer on behalf of the customer, must complete the redemption form, attach the qualifying sales receipt(s) or invoices, and mail it to CHS post-marked no later than September 16, 2021.

Contact your local certified energy specialist, Dan Revering, with any questions via email at or phone at 218-205-7796.

CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign raises $20,000 locally for food shelves

HERMAN, MN. (June 11, 2021) – Over the past year, it has become even more clear that local food shelves and pantries play an important role in communities. The CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign has supported those local organizations in their fight against hunger since 2011. This year, local efforts helped raise more than $20,000 to distribute to local food shelves, pantries and local organizations.

“We have seen increased demand for our local food shelves and food pantries over the past year due to the pandemic,” says Jerry Kramer, general manager, CHS. “Our employees, farmers and communities put cooperative spirit into action to help support these essential organizations in their efforts to feed those in need in our communities through our CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.”

CHS Harvest for Hunger is organized by CHS Country Operations, the ag retail division of CHS. During March, CHS employees from locations across the United States worked with farmers, ranchers, community organizations and schools to raise $509,184 and 114,746 pounds of food to be distributed to food shelves, pantries and community organizations.

The funds for this program were collected from local producers who generously donated grain to CHS. The cash from those donated bushels was then used as the official donation to our local food shelves, pantries, and local organizations.

With this year’s total, CHS has now raised more than $6.8 million and nearly 3.9 million pounds of food since the campaign was first launched in 2011.

CHS, based in Herman, 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., ( 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.

Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns

Jacob Gillespie is a junior at South Dakota State University and is currently majoring in Precision Agriculture and Agronomy. He grew up an a farm outside of Clinton, MN and has worked at Bauers Countryside Ag as well as the Soil and Water Conservation Department. He hopes to one day pursue a career in wild rice agronomy in Northern Minnesota.

Jessica Fenhaus attended Lake Area Technical College for two years and has received her Associates of Science Degree in Ag Business. She plans on continuing her education at South Dakota State University this fall, majoring in Agronomy. Although this is her first summer working for CHS, she has had previous experience working at Wilbur Ellis and on the farm with her dad.

In her internship, she has already learned so much. As summer comes, she is ready to get more involved in scouting and learning as much as she can from the agronomists in her area. She enjoys getting to go to the different locations and seeing the different methods and aspects of the business and farming sides.

Karmen Sperr grew up in Donnelly, MN on her family’s farm where they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and they also raise pigs. Karmen graduated from Morris Area in High School in 2020 where she was actively involved in FFA. She was also very involved in the Stevens County 4-H program for 13 years. FFA and 4-H are really what drove her passion for agriculture and her decision to major in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership with a minor in Animal Science at South Dakota State University. In college, Karmen is involved in the Sigma Alpha Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Swine Club, Prexy Council, Little International, Student’s Association Senate, and the CAFES Ambassador Program. Karmen enjoys many aspects of the ag industry and hopes to one day be an advocate for the industry by working for a commodity group in the Midwest.

Karmen is very excited for her internship this summer and she is excited to see what she can learn in her experiences to strengthen her knowledge about the ag industry.

Moriah Tamilin is currently double majoring in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Central Florida, and she is looking to switch to a more agriculture-focused program in the fall semester. Her experience lies in Horticulture and Landscaping, but she has been given an incredible introduction to the Ag industry through CHS. She says that “the learning opportunity the CHS has granted in this internship has been both overwhelming and fulfilling.”

Moriah is passionate about learning more regarding soil science and soil health. She is particularly fascinated in exploring the efficacy of bioremediation methods. Though it may be years away, she is curious in how bioremediation methods will be made accessible to growers with a limited ability to invest.

Consolidation Announcement

As CHS continues to strategically align our cooperative, we are advancing an integrated, enterprise product line and supply chain to bring one consistent approach to our customers and farmer-owners. To accomplish this, the producer boards and management teams of CHS Prairie Lakes and CHS based in Herman, Minnesota have made the decision to consolidate the two business units within CHS.

The two CHS business units have complimentary locations and other operational efficiencies and jointly leveraging our business, assets, products and services will create value for our owners while improving services and offerings to better serve customers. The energy teams began working together this year and have discovered significant opportunities for growth and improved customer service through this partnership. We look forward to scaling that success to other core areas.

Tentative plan is to finalize consolidation by fiscal year end on Aug. 31, 2021. Carl Younce, interim general manager of CHS Prairie Lakes, will continue through the end of May. At that time, Jerry Kramer, current general manager of CHS in Herman, will take over management responsibilities for both business units and serve as the general manager of the combined business. Our goal is to determine the rest of the senior leadership team for the new consolidated business unit by the end of fiscal year 2021.

This consolidation allows us to deliver on Country Operations strategy by streamlining our services and offerings while capitalizing on economies of scale and more efficient use of assets and resources across the expanded geographical territory.

As our customers and owners, you should see little change in how you interact with CHS on a day-to-day business as we will be offering all the same products and services you expect and need from us.

Our focus continues to be on delivering solutions to you that make it easy, helpful and rewarding to do business with CHS.

Thank you for your support,
Steven Deal, Chair, CHS based in Herman, Minnesota & Brian Jergenson, Chair, CHS Prairie Lakes

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