4 Tips for Harvest Safety

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

Closing Office To Outside Traffic

November 16: Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, CHS has locked our office doors to customers and outside traffic beginning Tuesday, November 17.

During this time, employees can be reached at the main office numbers or directly on their cell phones. Here are links to our location phone numbersagronomy sales representativesgrain marketing specialists and certified energy specialists for your reference.

Any changes to location accessibility will be updated on this page; please check back for additional information. Questions can be directed to your local CHS office.

Herman Elevator Complete and Receiving Grain

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.

Please contact a member of our grain team with any delivery questions regarding the new elevator through harvest.

Three Points of Contact

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.

CHS Level Best: A True Innovation

CHS Level Best® is an innovative product that dramatically improves post-emergence herbicide effectiveness. A top performing nonionic surfactant, this product helps your herbicide perform at its “Level Best.”  

  • CHS Level Best® is a superior deposition aid that that improves uniform coverage, adhesion, and penetration of the active ingredient into crops. 
  • CHS Level Best® is formulated with an AMS-FREE water conditioner that helps to prevent the loss of active ingredient efficacy that can occur when the mixing water is mineral saturated or of unknown quality. 
  • CHS Level Best® is recommended for use with a broad range of crops and non-crops when tank mixing active ingredients like glyphosate, 2,4-D and dicamba. 
  • CHS Level Best® includes a defoamer for easier mixing that is formulated for increased performance, significantly improves uptake, translocation, and efficacy of your herbicide, and is easy-to-use at a low rate.  

Interested in learning more about CHS Level Best®? Read more about the product CHS Level Best and contact your Agronomy Sales Representative to determine how this product can benefit your fields and farming operation!  

Meet the 2020 Summer Interns

Even amidst new working circumstances over these past few months, CHS is excited to introduce 6 new interns for this summer! These interns will be working out of different locations in our business unit, and are excited to learn and develop new skills over the summer. We wish them all the best over the next few months and hope they learn a lot to utilize in their future careers!

Farming and COVID-19: Put a plan in place

Republished with permission of South Dakota Corn.

Farmers had a lot on their minds heading into spring. Coming off of a flood-ravaged 2019 growing season, low grain prices and the prospect of fields being dry enough to plant were shaky.

Then they received another major kick in the teeth with the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has further battered the agricultural economy.

The pandemic raises numerous concerns as planting season nears. What steps can a farmer take to reduce the risk of COVID-19? And what happens if a farmer, family member or employee becomes ill with the virus? Do you have a contingency plan?

Farmers may feel the odds are in their favor to stay healthy because of the remote nature of their business, but being wrong can create some serious complications. Most of these issues can be avoided with a contingency plan for the farm.

Because there are so many things to think about, South Dakota Corn has worked with the National Corn Growers Association to compile a list of sound practices, safety procedures and planning recommendations that may help get through this challenging time. Here are some of those ideas.

On-farm planning

  • Schedule a brainstorming meeting with all family members and employees involved in the operation to discuss possible scenarios, solutions to potential disruptions during planting and subsequent fieldwork.
  • Develop a written continency plan. Are there neighbors who might be able to share resources and/or labor in an emergency? Who would manage for a few weeks if you or another key person is unable to leave your house or is hospitalized?
  • Make a list of immediate changes that can be implemented to lower risk on your farm.
  • Consider developing a Continuity of Business (COB) plan to keep operations running smoothly in case of any disruption. Many state departments of agriculture recommend that farms write COB plans.

Receiving deliveries

  • Identify and coordinate a drop-off location for deliveries of supplies to the farm. If possible, set this up away from on-farm high traffic areas and housing.
  • Create specific instructions for drop-off deliveries.
  • Create signs so drop-off points can be easily identified.
  • Practice distancing with delivery drivers. Maintain a distance of at least six feet and don’t shake hands.
  • Avoiding personal interaction is best.
  • Log all deliveries and on-farm entries. Utilize a visitors log for everyone entering the farm.

On-farm safety procedures

  • Minimize the exposure of outsiders. Use telephone calls, emails or texts for communications with employees or contractors who don’t live on the farm. Observe social distancing if someone visits the farm.
  • Increase sanitation of workspaces and make it part of your daily/weekly routine. Simple things like disinfecting work surfaces, countertops, computer keyboards, doorknobs, hand railings, tractor controls and monitors can make a difference.
  • Make cleaning supplies readily available, including cleaning solutions, buckets, mops and brushes to clean the shop and break areas. Place disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on equipment, in truck cabs and in high-traffic areas.
  • Stay in the house if you’re sick. If family members are sick, they should isolate themselves as much as possible. If you have off-farm employees or seasonal help, alert them that all sick employees must stay home.
  • Inform employees where they can find sanitizing materials in the shop, in the truck and in the tractor.
  • Regularly sanitize door handles, floor mats, steering wheels and other commonly contacted surfaces.

Read the full article at https://www.sdcorn.org/2020/04/farming-and-covid-19-put-plan-in-place/

2019 Annual Meeting Information

We’d like to invite all farmer-owners to our 2019 annual meeting! Join us to learn more about what happened at your cooperative during the past year.

Again this year, each district will have an update meeting highlighting company-wide information as well as local topics. Each meeting will last around two hours, including the annual meeting and financial information along with local news and an industry update. Lunch or supper provided, depending on the event start time.

Monday, February 24
9AM – Big Stone American Legion, Big Stone City SD
6PM – Shady Beach Grille, Corona SD
Wednesday, February 26
9:30AM – American Legion, Chokio MN
Thursday, February 27
9:30AM – Z103 Lounge in the Best Western, Fergus Falls MN
Friday, February 28
9:30AM – Herman Community Center, Herman MN

The Importance of Premium Quality Tractor Hydraulic Fluids

Today’s agricultural equipment is expected to work harder than ever before—covering more acreage and running for longer hours to get the job done. With the amount of stress equipment must handle, a high-quality lubricant is crucial for protecting metal components from extreme field conditions. 

Using a premium quality tractor hydraulic fluid (THF), provides users with the peace of mind that their equipment is protected from the beginning of harvest to the end. But what does the term “premium” really mean?


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