As you may have heard, we implemented an emergency team to manage a controlled emptying of one of our grain bins at the Philip location on Friday. The process was purposely slow and methodical in order to manage emptying the bin safely, so it took several hours to complete. When done, 13 rail cars had been filled. The bin did not move.
We have called in external engineering expertise to help us decide the best way to repair and reinforce the bin. That assessment is being done now.
We are grateful for the swift response and support that numerous volunteer fire departments and emergency management teams offered the Philip location and surrounding community. And we are very proud of our Philip staff who recognized the issue early and managed the situation with the highest regard for safety and professionalism.
This morning as staff were filling a bin with wheat at the CHS Midwest Co-op location in Philip, SD, they noticed some stressing of the bin exterior. Filling was immediately stopped and local emergency support was called to establish a safety perimeter around the bin site. At this time, a very controlled emptying of the bin is being administered under the supervision of a grain engineering expert who is on-site.
This process is purposely slow and methodical in order to manage emptying the bin in the safest way possible. There is no imminent danger to the downtown area or surrounding community.
CHS will continue to provide updates on the site situation.
CHS is always grateful to the swift response and professional support the local volunteer fire department offers the Philip location and surrounding community.
CHS places employee and community safety as a top priority and conducts numerous safety drills throughout the year, which includes the staff’s ability to identify and mitigate potential situations like this.
CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, reported net income on July 11, 2018, of $229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year (three-month period ended May 31, 2018), compared to a net loss of $45.2 million for the same time period a year ago.
Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were $9.0 billion, up from $8.6 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $289.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to a loss of $209.2 million for the same period the prior fiscal year.
“Thanks to the hard work of many throughout CHS, we’ve made great strides this year in strengthening relationships, optimizing operations and improving results from our core businesses,” said CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin. “The steps we’ve taken will better position us to navigate the inevitable cycles in agriculture and energy. I am proud of our team and their dedication and commitment to operating with excellence.” (more…)
Getting the most out of an herbicide application not only includes maximizing efficacy, but also minimizing damage caused by herbicides. Being aware of what can go wrong and how to avoid it can lead to effective, on-target herbicide applications and help growers have a successful growing season – without the distress and loss caused by applications gone awry.
Two threats to herbicide applications are drift and volatilization. While they may seem similar, they are quite unique and require different attention to ensure that neither occur. (more…)
CHS technical services and quality manager, Cenex brand lubricants
Of all the risks you must manage as a farmer, one of the biggest, and often most expensive, is your equipment. And should the unexpected happen, damage to farm machinery can cost thousands of dollars—and create downtime during critical points in the year.
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It’s important to use high-quality fuels and lubricants to keep equipment running in peak condition. That’s why the plan requires exclusive use of Cenex® fluids—all of which meet or exceed OEM product specifications—and LubeScan oil analyses that reveal important data about what’s going on under the hood.
When used together, Cenex fuels and lubricants provide optimal performance for machinery. For example, CENEX® RUBY FIELDMASTER® premium diesel fuel can increase engine power by up to 4.5 percent as well as increase fuel economy by up to 5 percent.
“The Cenex Total Protection Plan is important to the cooperative network. A co-op is family — we take care of each other. We help farmers get better prices, have better buying power and work in unity,” says Craig Bollig, regional sales director of lubricants for CHS.
Spring and warmer weather are upon us. It’s a great time to plant the seed of community support and grow pride in your community by encouraging your local cooperative to apply for a Seeds for Stewardship matching grant. Since Seeds for Stewardship began in early 2017, CHS has partnered with more than 70 local cooperatives on more than 100 projects in rural communities. Your cooperative could be next!
White Hall, Ill., farmer Maria Cox, left, and her crop advisor Kyle Lake were named 2018 4R Advocates by The Fertilizer Institute. Photo by Erin Williams, CHS.
Adapted from C magazine article by Peg Zenk
READ MORE: Find the entire C magazine article here.
Not all risk is bad. While farmers work hard to reduce financial risk, innovators take calculated risks when it comes to new when it comes to new agronomic approaches.
Illinois farmer Maria Cox is one of those innovators. She and her crop advisor, Kyle Lake, with CHS in Carrollton, Ill., were named 2018 4R Advocates by The Fertilizer Institute. Each year, the award recognizes five farmer-retail agronomist teams who are dedicated to implementing the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: using the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place.
In conversations with Cox and others who have actively embraced the 4Rs, common management challenges and strategies emerge. Among all the technologies and tactics they’ve tried, these growers point to strategies that are producing the biggest benefits in terms of soil health and the bottom line. (more…)
For a fleet owner, there are many important decisions to make for your operation. Which fuel to use is undoubtedly one of them, but many fleet owners may not fully realize how much a premium diesel fuel can increase overall efficiency and equipment longevity.Additives are the feature that separates premium from standard-grade diesel. These additives extend the life of both the fuel and the engine. Below are five benefits of using premium diesel that help keep your vehicle on the road and in top-performing condition.1. Keep your engine clean
Detergents do exactly what they sound like: keep your fuel and engine components clean. Detergents in your diesel reduce pesky buildup on engine parts. Clean parts mean improved fuel efficiency and greater horsepower.2. Prevent deposits
Injection stabilizers address fuel oxidation problems and prevent deposits in injectors, which can prevent costly, unwanted downtime and maintenance.3. Keep unwanted moisture out
Demulsifier separates water from the fuel, preventing unwanted moisture from being carried through the fuel system. This creates less wear on injectors and makes for fewer filter replacements.4. Quicker start-ups
Cetane measures a fuel’s ignition delay — or how quickly the air and fuel mixture combusts in your engine. Premium diesel has a higher cetane, which means a shorter delay and better ignition quality, and leads to faster start-ups and reduced wear on your batteries and starter, along with less pollution.
5. Reduce friction
Lubrication in an engine helps reduce overall friction. Diesel lubricants specifically reduce the friction and wear of the fuel pump and injection components. These engine parts are under intense pressure, and friction-reducing agents provide 10 to 15 percent better protection against friction and wear on the fuel pump than a typical #2 diesel fuel does.
Your engine is cleaner and runs more efficiently when all the engine components work together. A premium diesel can help make this happen by delivering more power and better fuel economy than a regular #2. In fact, tests have shown a 4.5 percent increase in power and a 5 percent increase in fuel economy compared to a typical diesel fuel.
In more than 14,000 hours of grueling real-world tests,CENEX® ROADMASTER XL®prevented injection fouling and filter plugging while delivering premium power and fuel economy. If you have any questions about choosing the best product for your rig or equipment, contact yourLOCAL CENEX DEALER.
Using the right grease is one of the most important decisions you can make as you prepare equipment for the high-pressure planting season. But recent updates in grease formulations might make you do a double take as you get ready for spring.
“When you put the grease into your grease gun and on bearings, you’re going to notice it looks different,” says Andrew Hamilton, director of technical services and quality for Cenex® lubricants and refined fuels. “That is on purpose. You’re getting a better grease.” (more…)