Demonstrating safety in the communities where we work


CHS now has more than 100 ResponsibleAg certified facilities from its CHS Country Operations and CHS Agronomy divisions. Out of all U.S. fertilizer facilities receiving this certification, CHS represents 12 percent of the total.

ResponsibleAg was started in 2014 to assist agribusinesses as they sought to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The rigorous application process includes a checklist of more than 320 questions about federal regulatory requirements. To be certified as a ResponsibleAg facility, locations must be 100 percent compliant with the entire checklist. (more…)

Students storm the Hill with fresh perspectives and CHS support

When people ask CHS Government Affairs staff what it’s like to work as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., they’re always curious about how the political landscape has changed in recent years. Sarah Gallo, director, CHS Government Affairs, is happy to share anecdotes, but she’d rather discuss how the conversation about agriculture has evolved. Students, farmers and the ag industry will carry that message to Capitol Hill on National Ag Day, to be celebrated March 20 in Washington, D.C., and across the country. (more…)

February 28 Grain Market Update

By Kevin Saxton, CHS Border States Grain Manager

Corn Market

The corn market has been putting in higher closes.  New crop as of tonight (2/27/18) is at $4.00.  Corn is not gaining real fast but is trending higher.  There is a strong demand base under the market.  We do have a large carryout of corn to get through, which may keep any rallies in check.  Managed money has a kind of neutral position, so we could see some buying interest that would give us a small gain yet.

Soybean Market

The soybean market has had some great gains.  New crop today (2/27/18) closed at $10.32;  last year’s high was in July and it was at $10.28 for new crop.  Mostly trading the drought in Argentina,  and managed money is packing in a long position.  If the funds decide to quit buying, I believe this market won’t be around long.  I would consider making some sales if you haven’t already.

Wheat Market

Wheat has held up fairly well also.  New crop Minneapolis is $6.25 for the Sept futures.  USDA crop ratings for Winter wheat have fallen to levels that have not been that low since 2009 at 12% good to excellent, compared to 43% last year.   Global supply is a big concern with wheat.  If the weather stays favorable we may see a drop from here.

For more on the current state of the markets and what contracting opportunities are available, give me a call!

Dean Longnecker Retires After 42 Years in the Cooperative System

From Brian Schouvieller, Vice President, CHS Country Operations Eastern Region


You don’t need to spend decades in a career to wonder where the years went while you were busy serving farmers, but it certainly puts the exclamation point at the end of the cliché: “Where did the time go?!” Reflecting on 42 years in the cooperative system, Dean Longnecker just knows the time went by fast.

Raised on a family farm in Appleton, Minn., Dean started his co-op career with the former Midland Cooperative in 1977. Before long, he was moving to Clinton, Minn., “for the first time” to take on the agronomy manager position, which he held for 17 years. Getting restless for a new opportunity, he opted for another move to a co-op in Morris, Minn., to be its general manager for the next dozen years. Then, he decided to go back – not back to his former role, but back to Clinton to be the general manager for CHS Border States. That move was nearly a decade ago.

While he’s enjoyed his general manager role, he acknowledges it’s a different connection point with patrons than when he led an agronomy department. It’s not a sales contact but more of a relationship – sometimes good, sometimes tough, but always with mutual respect.

He talks about his employees – current and past – with even deeper respect. He says he’s constantly amazed at the relentless dedication his team has to help their farmers get the crop in the ground in the spring and pull in out at harvest. Without such committed co-op people, he’s not sure how farmers would manage.

When he announced his retirement, some farmers decided they weren’t ready to manage without Dean. He immediately had several job offers. But he hasn’t decided what his days will look like after his official end date of March 2. He and his wife, Anita, are certainly going to spend more time with their 8 grandchildren all living in the area. They’ll enjoy a bit more golf together and maybe a little travel. If Dean decides to take one of those farm offers, he’s definitely got stipulations during planting season. For the first time, he’s going to watch the Masters Golf Tournament, beginning to end, as it is broadcast live – not recorded like he’s had to do all the spring seasons before this!

Please join me in thanking Dean for his years of service to our farmer-owners and our cooperative system, and wish him well as he opens a new chapter in his life.

B20 Workshop Series

Were you aware that beginning May 1, 2018, the minimum biodiesel requirement in Minnesota’s No. 2 diesel fuel increases to 20 percent during warm weather months?  Industry partners are hosting informational seminars in Minnesota to provide additional information on this change.  As this is a change that will impact our AFD and fuel customers, we encourage you to attend a seminar if you are able to learn more about how this will impact you.

Topics include:

  • History and overview of the law
  • Compliance
  • Diesel & biodiesel basics
  • Storage, handling, and use best practices
  • Blending in spring and fall
  • Identifying, treating and preventing common diesel issues


Speakers include individuals from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Weights & Measures Division, and MEG Corp Fuel Consulting.

Below are the upcoming event dates and locations.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to 952-473-0044 or Jennifer@megcorpmn.comAs always, contact your CHS energy department with any questions you may have.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 5

Mankato – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriot Event Center: 901 Raintree Road


Tuesday, March 6

Worthington – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Worthington Event Center: 1447 Prairie Drive


Marshall – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 1406 E. Lyon St


Wednesday, March 7

Willmar – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

American Legion: 220 19th Ave SW


Tuesday, March 13

Alexandria – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Holiday Inn: 5637 Highway 29 South


Wednesday, March 14

Moorhead – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 1080 28th Avenue South


Tuesday, March 20

Winona – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

The Plaza Hotel & Suites: 1025 Highway 61 E


Wednesday, March 21

Rochester – 8:30AM to 11:00AM (breakfast included)

Hampton Inn & Suites: 2870 59th Street NW


Albert Lea – 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Leo Carey American Legion Post 56: 142 N Broadway Ave


Thursday, March 22

St. Cloud – 11:30AM to 2:00PM (lunch included)

Courtyard by Marriott: 404 W St Germain St

White Mold Management Practices

By Kayln Henrichs, CHS Agronomy Sales Representative

Last year, a number of areas within our trade territory had the ideal conditions for white mold, with wet and humid weather conditions.  If you’re wondering how to reduce your risk of white mold, keep the below tips in mind as you make your plans for 2018.

  • Identify which fields you saw white mold in last year and the year prior. Sclerotia, the fungus that causes white mold, can survive in soybean residue and in the soil, making it important to note where it has existed in the past.
  • Give consideration to your crop rotation. If white mold is a big issue on specific acres, consider giving an extra year before you plant soybeans on those acres again.
  • Make your soybean selection carefully. Choose a bean with a higher white mold tolerance, or look for a plant that growers taller with less foliage to trap in moisture.
  • Plant in wider rows. Greater row spacing allows for more air movement between the plants, decreasing the environment that white mold thrives in.
  • Consider fungicide or herbicide applications, as appropriate.

Concerned about the potential for white mold on your acres in 2018?  Curious what seed options there are to help set your field up on the right foot?  Contact your Agronomy Sales Representative for additional information.

Winds of change in China

global agriculture

By Joe Lardy, research manager, CHS Hedging

China has had a long-standing policy to be self-sufficient in key food source production, including rice, wheat and corn. In 2004, the Chinese government made historic adjustments to its agriculture policy when it eliminated taxes on agriculture and created a new system of subsidies for key commodities. The subsidies supported seed and machinery purchases and resulted in improved infrastructure.

This set the stage for a huge buildup of acreage devoted to corn production. (more…)

3 Reasons to Complete a Farm Plan

Are you taking full advantage of the downtime between harvest and planting?  This time of the year, our agronomy team is busy working on farm plans for spring 2018.  If you haven’t completed your 2018 farm plan, here are a few reasons you should:

  • Farm plans provide you with a good idea of your input expenses, which is helpful in securing any needed funding for the upcoming planting year.
  • Creating a plan now and thinking through each of your fields makes spring go smoother. By knowing what crop you are planting where and what fertility, seed, and crop protection needs you may have on each field, you will be able to better plan for and respond to the rush of spring planting.
  • It allows us to better serve you. Knowing what products and services you will need for the upcoming year lets us ensure we are adequately prepared, having the appropriate products and adequate staff to serve you.

Talk to your personal Agronomy Sales Representative or a member of our agronomy staff to learn more about the farm planning process and to start your plan today!

CHS reports $180.1 million first quarter earnings for fiscal 2018

CHS President and CEO, Jay Debertin

CHS reported net income of $180.1 million for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year (three-month period ended Nov. 30, 2017), compared to net income of $209.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $8.0 billion, the same as fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $199.6 million and $225.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“Despite challenging market conditions, CHS experienced a solid first quarter thanks to our continued focus on three key priorities: strengthening relationships, sharpening operational excellence and restoring financial flexibility,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Debertin. “In the first quarter, we recorded solid earnings from our businesses and reduced long-term debt. These actions are helping to strengthen and grow CHS.”


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