New Kiosk System at the Yuma Shuttle

CHS would like to take this opportunity to explain our new Kiosk card reader and touch screen system being installed and ready for wheat harvest 2020 at our Yuma Shuttle Facility.

With the new kiosk system, drivers will no longer have to leave their trucks at any time during the unloading process, will be able to select which account the wheat will need to go in and will make harvest more efficient for getting in and out of the elevator.  Each truck will have a card with your accounts pre-loaded on it and once the card is scanned the driver will select which one of your accounts the wheat needs to go on.  All kiosks have an intercom button that will call the scale house. If you need assistance or have comments you would like added to the ticket, please use the intercom.

The process of going through the shuttle using the kiosks is as follows:

Kiosk #1:  Located on the southeast side of the office.  At this kiosk you will scan your card to choose the correct account.  After the card is scanned and account is chosen you will pull ahead to get your load probed and graded.

Kiosk #2:  Located on the northwest side of the truck scale.  Once on the scale you will scan your card and your truck will be weighed.  Once weighed you will proceed to the designated pit where you are to dump.  After dumping return to the scale.

Kiosk #3:  Located on the southeast side of the scale.  You will scan your card and your truck will be weighed.  Once weighed a ticket will be printed at this kiosk and you can return to the field.  You will no longer have to stop at the office for your ticket.

One piece of information to note is that there will be a six-foot electronic message board as trucks enter the facility.  This board will contain important information for the driver as they pull into the shuttle.

To ensure a smooth transition to the new system, please contact Lori Pieper or Dalton Hinde in the Administration Office (970-848-5432) to make any changes to accounts or to set up new accounts.  This is critical to ensure fewer mistakes and a quick unload once you start hauling grain to the facility. Please contact the Administration Office to indicate how many cards you will need.

If you are interested in doing a run through prior to harvest, please contact Jason Rahm at 970-630-3490.  Due to tight schedules, we cannot assure you that we can accommodate a practice run but please call and we will do our best to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  CHS is committed to providing connections of value for you.  We appreciate your business and wish you a safe harvest season.

Liquid plant undergoes major overhaul

Big changes have taken place at the CHS liquid fertilizer plant, which is located northeast of Holyoke, CO.  Originally built in 2000, the plant and its components were becoming obsolete and challenging to repair and operate.  Thanks to countless hours from CHS employees, both local and some from South Dakota, the liquid plant underwent a complete upgrade to serve area growers in a more efficient manner.

Simply put, the liquid plant blends fertilizer for growers.  Eighty-five percent of what leaves the plant goes straight to growers’ farms.  The plant in NE Colorado serves as a hub to get product in and out.  Bulk fertilizer comes in on a rail car and leaves via truck, blended to the farmer’s specifications and delivered to their farm.  Deliveries stretch from SW Nebraska to western Logan County in Colorado, then south to Yuma County, Colorado.

The liquid plant renovation project began in December 2019, with the first load being hauled out from the new facility in April 2020.  The updated liquid plant now boasts a new, fully automated system, new bulk storage tanks, re-routed piping to increase efficiency, upgraded pumps and a building to house micro-nutrients.  Thanks to the fully automated system, farmers will be able to load fertilizer 24/7 from the plant.  Currently, CHS employees are the only ones who can load at any time of day, but it is the goal to have the system set up by this fall for growers to load their own product at any time.

In addition to increasing efficiency of the liquid plant, the improvements will make CHS more competitive in the marketplace.  Product can be sourced faster because bigger units can be taken in.  The cost savings of buying large bulk units can be passed on to the grower.  It is the goal of all involved with the project to continue growing the market in Colorado and SW Nebraska.

Freeing phosphorus: New ways to add crop nutrient availability

An innovative option makes broadcast crop nutrient applications more available.

Farmers wouldn’t be satisfied with just 20 percent weed control from a herbicide application, but that’s typically the best nutrient availability they can expect from dry phosphate fertilizer applications.

“Under the best soil conditions, only one-fifth of applied phosphorus may be available to the crop throughout the season,” says Steve Carlsen, Levesol and crop enhancement manager, CHS Agronomy. “Availability is even less when soil pH levels are too high or too low or in soils that contain too little organic matter.”

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Frank Struck, Jr. hired as credit manager

We are pleased to announce that Frank Struck, Jr. has been hired to manage credit for our customers and owners. Frank will be providing support for the three Colorado CHS business units: CHS Grainland, CHS M&M, and CHS AIP.

Frank started in his new role with CHS on April 13, 2020 and brings a variety of experiences and knowledge to this new position.  He has been in the credit and collections business for the past 20 plus years. He began his career in third party collections, then became a legal investigator for an insurance subrogation law firm. Most recently, Frank has spent the last 11 years in the loss mitigation and credit risk department at the fourth largest credit union in Colorado.  Frank grew up in Denver and received an Associate of Arts in Spanish from the Community College of Aurora and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from CSU Global.  Currently, Frank lives with his two sons in Brighton and is looking forward to relocating to northeastern Colorado by the end of July.

In this new role, Frank will be working with our customers to find credit solutions tailored to their specific needs. He is also responsible for managing credit in accordance with the CHS Global Credit Policy.

You can reach Frank at 970-466-3420 or frank.struck@chsinc.com.

Micronutrients 101: Going Back to Basics

This article first appeared in the LIFT newsletter, a publication of CHS Agronomy. Read the entire article.

As growers finalize planting preparations and plan in-season fertilizer and sidedress applications, they may be looking for solutions for micronutrients deficiencies identified by soil or tissue sampling on their most productive acres. What are the most essential micronutrients and what products can help with yield and profitability?

The essential micronutrients include Zinc (Zn), Iron (Fe), Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Molybdenum (Mo) and Manganese (Mn).

  • They are considered micros because they are needed in smaller amounts compared to macronutrients by the plant.
  • Many micronutrients hold the key to how well the other nutrients are used; attribute to how well the plant develops and effects the total yield it will produce come harvest.
  • They also help feed the microorganisms in the soil to perform important steps in various nutrient cycles of the growing process.
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CHS reports $125.4 million in second quarter net income

Sunset over a farm

April 8, 2020

Dear Owners:

We are pleased to share our second quarter results for fiscal year 2020. We reported net income of $125.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended Feb. 29, 2020. This compares to net income of $248.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

The company reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 compared to revenues of $6.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. In the first six months of fiscal year 2020, CHS reported net income of $303.3 million compared to net income of $596.3 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2019.

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Update on COVID-19 from Jay Debertin

Dear valued customers and owners:

As our essential businesses work to meet spring season demands amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to focus on the health and safety of every person and community connected to CHS and the cooperative system.

We want you to know that CHS remains fully operational and committed to providing the essential products and services you need. Our supply chain is prepared and moving into action as spring fieldwork begins. Grain is moving and the spring shipping season has begun. We are grateful for those positive signs.

Thank you for your business. Please let us know how we can help you navigate through the days and weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Jay D. Debertin
President and CEO

Ag is essential infrastructure. CHS locations continue to operate.

As you have likely heard, the governor of the state of Colorado has issued an order requiring nonessential businesses to reduce the number of people working at work locations by 50 percent. Consistent with guidance from the United States Department of Homeland Security, the order exempts certain essential infrastructure and services, including agriculture and food.

After a full review of the order, CHS has determined that its operations fit within this exemption and we will continue to operate to provide essential products and services so cooperatives, retailers and farmers can plant and grow crops, raise livestock and bring the food they produce to market.

Below is a letter from CHS to our customers and growers in Colorado.

Download the letter here.

Updates on COVID-19

March 20, 2020

As you are aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the communities in which we live and work.

We understand that spring is here, and we want to emphasize; we are open for business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS has implemented the following changes effective Friday March 20, 2020, until further notice: 

  • We are limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split shift schedules; staff that can work remotely have been asked to do so and will be available via phone or e-mail.
  • If you need a grain check, please contact us and we will mail it promptly.
  • All visitors, vendors and drivers to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities. We are also asking all staff, visitors, vendors and drivers to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
  • For in-home propane leak checks, inspections or service; customers will be asked to complete a simple screening questionnaire prior to any CHS employee providing in-home service work.
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff will conduct business via phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm access to the facility and availability of staff.
  • We ask you to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
  • For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up products, we ask that you limit your time in the office to essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction upon arrival.

We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. Rest assured, it is our commitment that we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your trust in CHS and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Learn ways to stay safe during Grain Bin Safety Week

grain bin safety training

Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018. 

As part of our commitment to safety as a core value, CHS is partnering with other ag industry leaders to support Grain Bin Safety Week, Feb. 16-22. Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:

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