In light of current conditions with COVID-19 and the inability to have in-person meetings the way we’d like, CHS wants to bring market information to you, our producers, in a different way. At 10am CST on Tuesday, July 14th, Chris Stringer (CHS Corn Trader) and Justin Friesz (CHS Soybean Trader) will be sharing their perspective on the current corn and soybean markets, the July report, and more.
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Les Klukas has been with CHS for the past 21 years and the cooperative system for 30 years. He started his career with Farmers Coop of Balaton, which is now part of CHS based out of Brandon, SD. Les grew up in Balaton where he graduated high school and went on to attend St. Cloud State University, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
Les began his career as a Certified Energy Specialist in 1998 in Western IA, where he later managed the energy department. In 2002, Les started with CHS Propane as a Wholesale Account Manager and later transitioned to CHS Hedging as an Energy Market analyst in 2008. He returned to CHS Propane in 2013 as a Sr. Account Manager before moving to the CHS Energy Equipment group in 2017.
Les will learn and develop the knowledge for the CHS trade territory based out of Brandon, SD in the coming months and lead the group upon Chuck Springman’s retirement on September 1, 2020. Having Les on staff for the next few months will allow Chuck to mentor, train and transition the remarkable energy business that has been built over the years under Chuck’s direction. With Les’ wealth of experience in the energy industry, we look forward to a smooth transition and continuing the high-quality products and service you’ve come to know and trust.
CHS, based out of Brandon, SD, has cultivated opportunity for our next generation of agricultural students by awarding twelve, $500 scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education. This scholarship program is in its second year and as we extended our trade territory, we also extended the program from ten to twelve scholarships. We are proud to announce this year’s recipients.
There was an outstanding group of applications, the future is bright for all of these students. For more information on our scholarship program, please visit our scholarship page. Applicants must be a high school senior from the local CHS trade area, have a desire to work in the agricultural field and show enrollment in post-secondary education. Primary consideration will be given to applicants whose high school academic performance is high while demonstrating the qualities of leadership, passion for the industry, integrity and community involvement. Please check back in early 2021 for the next scholarship program details.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Current COVID-19 Changes at CHS based out of Brandon, SD (Updated Regularly) Last updated 4/25/2020
Overall Company Updates:
We are limiting access at all locations and have eliminated walk-in traffic. Our staff members are available via phone (calls and texts) and email to fully serve your needs during this time.
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 all parties. 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. All visitors to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities.
Seasonally closed to assist other locations with spring work.
Brandon, SD Grain:
Hours of Operation: 7:30AM – 5PM
Grain Shipments: Please stay in your truck as much as possible.
Please refrain from entering our office or other buildings unless it is absolutely essential. If it is essential, you will be asked to fill out the CHS Screening form before entering facility.
To limit face-to-face contact, please email me at email@example.com or call me (O) 605-582-2415 or Cell 605-941-5244
If you are on site for necessary business, please follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet of space between people.
Grain Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM
Grain Contact Number: 605-987-2714
Energy Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
Energy Contact Number: 605-332-5881
Grain Loading and Receiving: Please stay in your truck and do not enter the office. We will communicate through the kiosks.
Grain checks will be mailed out or passed through the scale window – call our office to talk with a member of our staff.
Hours of Operation: 7AM – 5PM Monday – Thursday, extended hours during spring season.
Office phone: 605-446-3400
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM, Monday through Friday
Sales staff will be available by phone only.
Office is limited to essential visits only.
We are asking that appointments be made to visit staff in the main office as some staff can be working remotely, please call 402-388-4588.
Payments can be placed in the drop box outside the office door.
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM
Loading Grain: Please stay in your truck. DO NOT ENTER the scale room until further notice.
Delivering Grain: Please stay within 4 feet of your truck/tractor and wagon. DO NOT ENTER the scale room until further notice.
All grain checks will be mailed out.
Feed orders and deliveries, please call the elevator and we will assist you with your orders.
Hardware store and energy, the office is limited to essential business customers only.
Agronomy office is limited to essential business customer only and we ask that you make an appointment to visit with staff.
We have a drop box outside the office door for payments.
To talk with office or agronomy staff, please call 605-542-2371
To talk with elevator staff, please call 605-542-2211
For any emergencies, please call 507-920-1075
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM Monday through Friday
Facility is closed to visitors except by appointment
Call for information, 605-332-5881
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM, Monday through Friday
Please adhere to the CDC guidelines at all times at this facility
We ask that appointments be made to visit office staff, please call 605-594-3415.
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM Monday – Friday
Grain Receiving & Loading: Please stay in your truck and do not enter the office unless otherwise advised by staff.
All grain checks will be mailed out of the Canton office.
Site Contacts: Office – 605-238-5281 or David, Location Manager, at (c) 605-214-0517
Hours of Operation: 8AM – 4PM, Monday – Friday
Grain Shipments: Please stay in your truck as much as possible.
Please refrain from entering our office or other building unless it is absolutely essential.
If you are on-site, we ask that you adhere to the 6-foot distancing guidelines set out by the CDC.
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.
understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we are open for
business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS based out of Brandon,
S.D. has implemented the following changes effective Thursday, March 19th,
until further notice:
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, deliver it to local bank for deposit or setup
a pickup location outside of the office.
to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our
facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot
distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
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
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
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.
Kent Mulder General Manager CHS based out of Brandon, S.D.