Missed the 2019 CHS Owners Forum in your area? Tune in for the CHS Owners Forum webinar Friday, June 28, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. CT, to hear business updates from CHS leadership including CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin. We will also take a look at industry trends and ask for your input on how we can make connections that support long-term success. Register here.
What happens when the world’s biggest buyer suddenly backs away from U.S. soybeans? That’s been a question on everyone’s mind since July 6, 2018, when the United States implemented China-specific tariffs. The move embroiled U.S. farmers and cooperatives in a trade war that hit the soybean world particularly hard. Spring USDA data shows 2018–2019 soybean export inspections down nearly 34 percent from the year before, with farms and cooperatives struggling to handle huge carryover and reduced cash flow.
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.”
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.
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
Grain powers American agriculture. During Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, March 25 through 29, we want to remind everyone working on farms and in grain-handling facilities to respect and understand the risks associated with working with grain.
“It’s important to continue to work with the industry, our
employees and our farmer-owners on the hazards in the grain industry, while
stressing safe practices and controls to ensure their safety,” says Matt
Surdick, manager, Country Operations Environment, Health and Safety, CHS.
Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week was organized by the National
Grain and Feed Association (NGFA), the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), the Grain Elevator and Processing Society, the American
Feed Industry Association and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition.
The groups remind us to remember five steps to grain safety:
Never walk down grain
Guard elevated work surfaces
Watch for moving equipment
Safeguard moving equipment
Lock out equipment
Moving or flowing grain acts like quicksand and can bury a
person in seconds. From the time an auger starts, a person has two to three
seconds to react. In four to five seconds, a person is trapped. In 22 seconds
or less, the person is completely covered by grain. Grain bin incidents often result
in multiple fatalities because coworkers improperly attempt rescue procedures and
become engulfed themselves.
“Following procedures, evaluating your surroundings, using
proper equipment and ensuring constant communication are keys to entering and
exiting a grain bin or silo safely,” Surdick says. “Do it the right way, every
Be aware of bridging grain, which occurs when grain clumps
together due to moisture or mold. These conditions can create an empty space
beneath the grain as it is unloaded, which means it can collapse unexpectedly
or under a person’s weight. Do not enter a bin when there is a bridging
condition, or if grain is built up on the side of the bin.
Always monitor the atmosphere inside bins for dangerous
changes. Make sure there two people are always present when working in bins and
maintain communications between the attendant outside the bin and the person
inside the bin.
Never move grain into or out of a bin while
someone is inside. Lockout/tagout all mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic
equipment that presents a danger, particularly grain-moving equipment.
A bin of grain may seem harmless, but in just seconds, that
harmless grain can claim a life. Please be safe and share these messages with
anyone working with grain.
When most people think of agriculture, they wonder how we are going to feed the growing population of 9.6 billion by 2050. And while that’s an important question to consider, I find myself thinking more often about the individuals needed to fill the talent pipeline to feed that growing population.
With nearly 4 in 10 agriculture jobs going unfilled each
year and the average-age of farmers ever increasing, it’s going to take a
pragmatic, creative approach to encourage young people to pursue careers in
CHS has completed the acquisition of West Central Distribution, LLC, a full-service wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota.
“Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates
our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies
cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete,” said Gary
Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. “Ownership of West Central
expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to
cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and
adds value for CHS owners.”
It may be impossible to tell with complete certainty where a disease
will be an issue, but most people can agree on the conditions that can lead to
disease. These conditions, otherwise known as the Disease Triangle, include a
susceptible host, a conducive environment and a pathogen. When those three
things collide, there will be a disease issue.
we can see the triangle forming, we can’t always predict how strong the
pathogen will spread or how strong it will be. Because we are unable to make
this prediction, prevention and planning are key to stopping the spread of
One of the largest rural youth leadership organizations, FFA, kicks off National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23 to celebrate all things ag leaders, blue corduroy and agricultural education. Many CHS employees are former FFA members and many CHS locations are involved with their local FFA chapters.