CHS is kicking off the new year with a series of educational grain marketing webinars.
Tune in to hear from grain experts across CHS as they dive into all aspects of grain marketing, from futures to basis and all things in between. They will also be discussing grain marketing contracts and the benefits and strategies behind each type. All of this is designed to help you get the most out of every bushel.
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.
CHS has announced open enrollment for corn and soybean marketing contracts through CHS Pro Advantage contracts now through December 19, 2018.
The CHS Pro Advantage contract allows growers to diversify their marketing while taking the emotion out of selling. It’s a way for growers to take advantage of professional pricing for a portion of their crops using trading experts with a track record of success based on deep market intelligence, especially during times of volatile or low-priced commodity markets. Growers pledge a specific quantity of bushels for a grower-defined delivery destination. Commodity professionals with CHS Hedging/Russell Consulting Group will price these bushels over a specific period of time.
Growers can enroll 2019 and 2020 bushels. Bushels in the one-year December 2019 contract will be priced between Dec. 21, 2018, and Sept. 20, 2019. Bushels in the two-year December 2020 contract program will be priced between December 21, 2018, and Sept. 18, 2020.
Join experts from Russell Consulting for a half-day conference focused on providing farmers and ranchers with forward-looking insights on market trends. Your local conference will be held Jan. 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ramkota Hotel and Watertown Event Center, Watertown, S.D. Lunch will be provided.
Topics will include:
Market outlook (grain and livestock)
Macro Ag trends
Seating is limited so reserve your spot today. RSVP here by Jan. 10, 2018. If you have questions, please call 800-814-0505.