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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
With the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 evolving rapidly, we want to reassure you that CHS is taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, our owners and customers, and the communities we serve.
We are developing plans with the goal of continuing to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers and owners. Specific measures include:
Close coordination and collaboration to ensure safety and wellbeing of employees, customers and communities
Cancelation of annual meetings and other meetings of large groups and limiting visits to CHS facilities
Additional use of voice, video and other technology to serve you, our customers and coordinate farm visits
Activating plans to flex employees between locations or business units to better serve you
New process and rigor for interactions with vendors, suppliers, contractors or other third parties to promote health and safety
Fully utilizing our powerful and flexible supply chain and asset base should it become necessary to deliver to or from alternate locations
As the busy spring season unfolds, we will continue to adjust as circumstances change. We don’t take this challenge lightly, but we’re committed to working through it with effective planning, communication and execution. With our talented and committed team, best-in-class assets and our values of safety and cooperative spirit, we are confident CHS will continue to deliver products and services for customers and value for owners.
This means the cancellation of our upcoming annual meeting to be held on Friday, March 13, at the Caboose in Tracy, Minnesota, and Monday, March 16, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Extended absentee voting for the producer board in Region 6, which includes our locations in Crofton, Dixon and Wausa, Nebraska will take place at each respective location until Friday, March 20th at 4pm.
Further Cancellations: The Worthing Ag Center Trade Show scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th and the Chili Cook-off in Garretson scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th have been cancelled.
Out of an abundance of caution due to growing international concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19), CHS has suspended meetings and events until further notice. This decision impacts site tours, annual meetings and other events.
This includes the
cancellation of our upcoming annual meeting to be held on Friday, March 13, at
the Caboose in Tracy, Minnesota, and Monday, March 16, at the Sioux Falls
Convention Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
We are currently working
through schedule of extended absentee voting for the producer board in Region
6, which includes our locations in Crofton, Dixon and Wausa, Nebraska.
Grain bins can be dangerous places. Purdue University researchers report that bin-related injuries such as entrapments, equipment entanglements and asphyxia are on the rise – more than 60 incidents occurred in the U.S. in 2018.
As part of our commitment to safety as a core value, CHS is partnering with other ag industry leaders to support Grain Bin Safety Week, Feb. 16-22. Here are the top three things you can do to promote safe practices around grain bins:
Decrease the risk of cold-weather downtime with the right diesel.
When temperatures drop, a farmer’s work doesn’t stop. Keeping equipment running at its peak during colder weather requires a watchful eye on what’s in your fuel tank.
Here’s the main problem that comes when temperatures drop: Diesel fuel hits its cloud point — the temperature at which wax crystals begin to appear in the fuel, also known as gelling. Cloud point is reached in #2 diesel fuel when fuel temperatures hit 4 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on where you buy your fuel, says Chad Christiansen, manager of product quality and additives for CHS.
Significant increase in fall propane demand helped balance difficult market conditions
CHS reported net income of $177.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 that ended Nov. 30, 2019. This compares to net income of $347.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
The results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 reflect:
Revenues of $7.6 billion compared to revenues of $8.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
Strong supply chain performance in our propane business that was a positive contributor resulting from efficient sourcing of propane during significantly increased fall demand – brought on by unseasonably early cold and wet weather during harvest – for crop drying and home heating.
Less advantageous market conditions in our refined fuels business compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, during which the company experienced historically wide pricing spreads between Canadian crude oil and crude oil from the United States. CHS processes Canadian crude oil at its refineries in Laurel, Montana, and McPherson, Kansas.
Poor weather conditions that occurred in fiscal year 2019 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 continued to negatively impact our Ag segment’s operations, resulting in lower crop yields, poor grain quality in some areas and lower fall crop nutrients sales.
Pressure on grain volume and margins due to slow movement of grain associated with unresolved trade issues between the United States and foreign trading partners.
Decreased fertilizer volumes compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 due to a slow harvest in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.
“We are not immune to the challenges of our industry, and our first quarter results reflect the difficulties brought on by fall weather and ongoing trade tensions,” said Jay Debertin, president and CEO of CHS Inc. “The cooperative system, however, provides CHS and its owners stability to withstand these difficult times. Our focus remains on building efficiencies in our supply chain and on operating in this challenging agricultural environment.
“During a cold and wet harvest, we leveraged our supply chain to meet the significant increase in propane needs of our owners and customers,” Debertin continued. “Our focus on meeting the needs of our owners helped deliver the successful launch of two products – Acuvant™ and Trivar™ – that will be available for spring planting.
“We know the remainder of fiscal year 2020 will continue to present challenges, and we are confident in our ability to find opportunities in those challenges, to help our owners grow their businesses and to continue to strengthen our company,” he said. “No one feels those challenges more than our owners. We remain committed to supporting communities and experts as they address the stress felt across rural America.”
First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Business Segment Results
The following segment results were reported for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
Energy Pretax earnings of $162.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 compared to $232.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 reflect:
Significantly less advantageous market conditions, driven primarily by decreased crude oil spreads on heavy Canadian crude oil processed at our refineries and, to a lesser extent, decreased crack spreads in our refined fuels business compared to the same period during fiscal year 2019. The decreased crude oil differentials and lower crack spreads were partially offset by favorable hedging activity in refined fuels.
The decrease in pretax income for refined fuels was partially offset by significantly improved propane margins from a late, wet crop combined with unseasonably cold weather across much of CHS service area that led to increased fall demand for crop drying and home heating compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
Ag Pretax loss of $13.9 million compared to pretax earnings of $80.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 reflects:
Poor weather conditions in fiscal year 2019 that culminated in a late and smaller fall harvest, resulting in decreased demand for farm supplies and crop nutrient products.
Ongoing global trade tensions between the United States and foreign trading partners continued to negatively impact grain volumes and margins.
Lower margins in our processing and food ingredients business.
Nitrogen Production Pretax earnings of $16.5 million compared to pretax earnings of $23.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 reflect:
Lower equity income from our investment in CF Nitrogen, of which CHS has partial ownership, attributable to decreased market pricing of urea and urea ammonium nitrate, which are produced and sold by CF Nitrogen.
Corporate and Other Pretax earnings of $20.7 million compared to pretax earnings of $30.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 reflect:
Results primarily from lower equity income from our investments in Ardent Mills and Ventura Foods and decreased income in our financing and hedging businesses due to market-driven interest rate reductions and lower trading activity, respectively.
CHS owners elected five board members to three-year terms during the cooperative’s 2019 Annual Meeting held Dec. 5-6 in Minneapolis. Pictured (l. to r.) are: Kevin Throener, Hal Clemesen, Mark Farrell, Alan Holm and Steve Riegel.
Officers of board also elected by board peers following Annual Meeting
CHS owners elected five board members to three-year terms during the cooperative’s 2019 Annual Meeting held Dec. 5-6 in Minneapolis. Newly elected to three-year terms are:
Hal Clemensen succeeds former director Randy Knecht, who retired from the CHS Board of Directors on Dec. 6. Clemensen represents Region 4, covering South Dakota, and has been the president of the board of directors of Agtegra Cooperative since its formation in 2018. He was president of the South Dakota Wheat Growers Association from 2005 until its merger with North Central Farmers Elevator in 2018. He is a past director and is an active member of the South Dakota Soybean Association and an active member of South Dakota Corn Growers. In 2015, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives named him Farmer Cooperative Director of the year. He raises corn, soybeans and wheat near Conde, South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economic and Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University. Clemensen was appointed to the CHS Board’s Government Relations and Corporate Risk committees.
Kevin Throener succeeds former director Dennis Carlson, who retired from the board on Dec. 6, and represents Region 3, which covers North Dakota. Throener has been a director of CHS Dakota Plains Ag since 2014 and served as vice president of the Sargent County Farmers Union Board of Directors since 2007. He has also served on the Cogswell, North Dakota, Volunteer Fire Department since 1997 and was its chief from 2010 to 2018. Throener raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa and operates a feedlot and cow/calf business near Cogswell, North Dakota. Throener and his wife Ronda are first-generation farmers who built their operation from the ground up. He studied Agricultural Systems Management at North Dakota State University. He was appointed to the CHS Board’s Governance Committee and the CHS Foundation Board of Trustees.
Reelected to three-year terms are:
Mark Farrell, who operates a corn, soybean and wheat farm in Dane County, Wisconsin, representing Region 5.
Alan Holm, who operates a corn, soybean, sweet corn, peas and hay operation and has a cow-calf herd near Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, representing Region 1.
Steve Riegel, who raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dryland wheat and milo near Ford, Kansas, representing Region 8.
Following the Annual Meeting, the board held its annual re-organization meeting. Each of the following board members was elected to one-year officer terms: