Grain Outlook Broadcast

In light of current conditions with COVID-19 and the inability to have in-person meetings they way we’d like, CHS wants to bring market information to you in a different way. At 10am CST on Tuesday, July 14, Chris Stringer (Corn) and Justin Friesz (Soybeans) will be sharing their perspective on the current markets, the July report, and more.

These sessions will be held on Skype Broadcast. Skype is a web-based meeting so it’s very user friendly for you to join in using your computer, tablet, or phone.

Please note that there is a login step for webinar participants, so please login before the webinar begins.

Corn and Beans (10 a.m. Central): Please click here to enter your name and location information shortly before the webinar starts.

The links will become active 15 minutes prior to the start. To allow time for the registration process, we ask that you plan to register at least five minutes before the webinars start. 

Corn and Beans link

We hope you can join us for this Grain Outlook Forecast and reach out to any of the CHS Grain Procurement team with any questions.

Ag is an essential infrastructure. CHS locations continue to operate.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has issued a Stay-at-Home Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will be in effect from 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 27, through Friday, April 10, 2020. 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 note from CHS to our customers in Minnesota.

Funds Available to Improve Safety on Minnesota Farms

Minnesota farmers who want to add safety equipment to their on-farm grain storage facilities can now apply for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) new Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share program.

The program reimburses up to 75 percent of the cost to buy, ship, and install eligible safety equipment for on-farm grain bins or silos.

The MDA is accepting applications through June 30, 2021, or until all funds are exhausted. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to apply, visit the MDA’s Grain Storage Facility Safety Cost-Share webpage.

Warning signs your diesel is water-contaminated

By Chad Christiansen, Product Quality and Additives Manager in Agriculture and Farming, CHS from the Cenexperts blog

filling a tractor with diesel fuel

Farmers have enough on their plates without needing to deal with water in their diesel. Despite their best efforts, though, sometimes accidents happen. Luckily, there are ways to remove water from diesel and methods to prevent water contamination from happening again.

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CHS Pro Advantage: Professional pricing for your grain

With the CHS Pro Advantage contract, you rely on the commodity trading experts at CHS Hedging to professionally price some of your corn, soybean or wheat bushels. It’s a simple way to diversify your marketing.

• Take some of the emotion and worry out of marketing
• Turn decision-making over to experienced traders
• Gain insights that help you when selling other bushels
• Have benchmarks for evaluating your marketing plan
• Save time so you can focus on the rest of your operation

Here’s how it works: You commit a specific number of bushels (no minimum) for a specific delivery destination. The CHS Hedging professionals price your bushels over a set period of time. Cash settlement price is based on the performance of the futures and options traded in the program by the professionals. You’ll receive monthly updates and marketing insights. The basis decision remains with you. Ask us about CHS Pro Advantage today!

Grain Contacts:
Kasson
Aaron Ulland, Grain Originator – 651-355-6096

Ostrander
Jared Schaefer, Grain Originator – 651-355-6097

St. Charles
Brady Beyer, Grain Originator – 651-355-6231

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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CHS powers Mayo Clinic’s mobile COVID-19 testing

CHS delivers propane to heat health care workers at one of the Mayo Clinic’s drive-thru sites in Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is the nation’s leading hospital, which makes it no surprise that the facility was one of the first in the state to set up mobile testing in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began its spread across the U.S.  

While health care workers began to mobilize and logistics were put together, Mayo Clinic’s main contractor, Benike Construction, reached out to the CHS facility in Rochester to help figure out how to use propane to get heat into the facilities. CHS was ready for the task.


CHS propane driver Dale Boelter makes a delivery to one of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 mobile testing sites.

Answering the call was certified energy specialist Ken MacIver, who works to sell Cenex® products and propane to customers across the Rochester area. “There was certainly no textbook on how this would all work, so several entities were brought together, including our Country Operations location,” he says.

MacIver quickly began meeting at a six-foot distance in parking lots with Mayo Clinic compliance, Mayo Clinic health care departments, electricians and Benike Construction. “There was a lot of trial and error for procedures, systems and safety but the first mobile site got up and running the first weeks in March,” he says.

In the following weeks, more sites were put together resulting in a drive-thru clinic on each end of town and a walk-in clinic at the Mayo Clinic parking lot in downtown Rochester. To keep patients and health care workers at the drive-thru sites warm, three, 500-gallon propane tanks were hooked up to heaters. The walk-in clinic relies on two diesel generators for electricity and a 1,000-gallon propane tank hooked up to heaters.

“The entire CHS propane department in Rochester and our drivers were outstanding during this whole process,” says MacIver, who credits the entire team, but specifically propane manager Brian Crowson. “Changes were happening quickly, and Brian would put down other things he was working on to get to Mayo quickly if a change or fix was needed.”

CHS continues to fill the tanks while the heat is still needed. MacIver says the experience has been both gratifying and humbling. “It’s been an honor to represent CHS and the cooperative system alongside Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned health care organization that is working to make a positive impact on the community during these uncertain times.”

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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