CHS building state-of-the-art grain facility in Drayton

CHS has begun constructing a new state-of-the-art grain facility in Drayton, North Dakota, which should be operational by spring 2022. The new concrete eight-pack facility will add receiving speed and an additional one million bushels of storage space to existing steel bins, replacing an old woodhouse elevator at the site.

“CHS continues to invest to expand customer-focused retail solutions for area farmers,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president of CHS ag retail operations. “Our operational footprint and assets are the strength of our retail platform and this important project delivers on our strategy to have safe, efficient assets in the right places to best serve our farmer-owners.”

Project details include adding one million bushels of upright concrete storage with four large 100,000-bushel bins on each side and interior bins between the eight circles. Two dump pits will be added, each with 25,000 bushel-per-hour (bph) receiving capacity. Once finished, the Drayton location will have a total of four dump pits with a combined 80,000 bph grain-receiving capacity. Total storage capacity of the updated facility will be 6.56 million bushels.

The facility will also create a safer environment for employees, farmers and community members through improved traffic patterns, cleaner operating conditions and updated equipment with enhanced safety features.

“Safety is an important focus for CHS as we put the well-being of our people, customers and communities first every day,” says Harold Weimer, who manages the CHS location in Drayton. “We are excited to see how this new facility brings that to life, directing truck traffic off of Highway 44 and adding the latest in safety features to keep our employees and customers safe.”

Once the new facility is finished, the old woodhouse elevator will be demolished. Vigen Construction out of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is overseeing this construction project.

Control the chaos of harvest

corn harvest

The following information is provided by Nationwide, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.1

During the busy harvest season, farms and grain-handling facilities are some of the most dangerous places to work. Slips and falls from ladders, entanglements from augers and PTOs, crushing injuries from grain truck and railroad traffic, grain bin entrapment and engulfment from grain bin entry, and fires and explosions from grain dust accumulation, are just some of the hazards.

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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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Bringing live market information directly to you

CHS will be bringing market information directly to its growers in a new way on Tuesday, July 14.

In light of current conditions with COVID-19 across the United States, we will be bringing market information to you virtually, rather than in-person meetings like we’ve done in the past.

On Tuesday, July 14, there will be two different live broadcasts to talk about corn, soybeans and wheat markets.

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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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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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