Tan Spot Showing Up – What Can You Do?

Finding quite a bit of tan spot on wheat the past few days.  This disease wasn’t onset 5 days ago, just starting to appear now.  So far this season we have had perfect weather conditions for disease pressure in cereal crops.  With the moisture we have been receiving, dewy mornings and hot afternoons; expect to see more disease pressure.  Using a preventative and curative fungicide at herbicide timing like Stratego in wheat will treat the tan spot and will have to continue to monitor disease pressure throughout growing season.  Contact your agronomist to stay ahead of the game and protect that yield today.




-John Muske, CHS Northern Plains Agronomy Manager


Soil Whisperers

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…)

Start the New Season with a New Grease

cenex grease

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…)

Over-width application and planting equipment allowed on highways during nighttime hours.

April 27, 2018 Alert

Executive Order Issued to Allow Over-Width Fertilizer Equipment to Move on State Highways During Nigthtime Hours

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Executive Order 2018-04 today stating that because field work has been delayed due to unseasonably cold and wet weather and soil conditions, an emergency has been declared allowing over-width application vehicles and planters to move on state trunk highways in South Dakota during nighttime hours. The order will remain in effect until May 31, 2018, and is for the entire state of South Dakota.

Required for Compliance:

  • The vehicle must had an over-width permit from the Department of Public Safety and carried in the vehicle for the duration of the emergency
  • The vehicle cannot exceed twelve (12) feet wide
  • The vehicle must be equipped with flashing or rotating white or amber warning lights at each side of the equipment’s widest extremity
  • The warning lights must be clearly visable to motorists approaching from front and rear at a distance of at least 500 feet
  • The vehicle must comply with recommended weight postings

Travel on the Interstate System is not authorized. Please refer to the Executive Order for exact details.

Contact Us

Kathy Zander, Executive Director

Roxanne Rice, Finance Director

Phone:  605/224-2445

Fax: 605/224-9913

Email:  info@sdaba.org

Website:  www.sdaba.org

Anatomy of a grain trade

anatomy of a grain trade infographic

The global grain trading business is risky. Avalanches and mudslides can stop trains in their tracks. Striking union workers can halt grain loading at port. Freezing sea spray and high swells can delay ocean vessels for days. Commodity prices and costs shift constantly.

While those situations may be beyond a grain company’s control, there are countless other factors that a team of CHS experts successfully manages 365 days a year – always focused on efficiency, safety and profitability. (more…)

CHS reports a net income of $346.7 million for the first half of fiscal 2018

CHS income fiscal 2018


CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today reported net income of $346.7 million for the first half of its 2018 fiscal year (six-month period ended Feb. 28, 2018), compared to net income of $223.7 million for the same time period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the first half of fiscal 2018 were $14.9 billion, down from $15.4 billion for the first half of fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $185.0 million and $249.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively. (more…)

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