COVID-19 UPDATE 4/1/2020

Due to the confirmed cases in Kingfisher and Canadian Counties, we will be taking additional precautions for our customers and employees.

Effective immediately, the precautions include:
– Further limiting any and all non-transactional business traffic
– Customer coffee gatherings will be closed until further notice
– No solicitations or sales calls from outside vendors

Please allow us to conduct business as much as possible via phone, email, or text. Please contact your local office for more questions or concerns. We are definitely here to serve and support you during this time!

Okarche – 405-263-7240
Kingfisher – 405-375-5900
KGF Agronomy – 405-384-6078
Hennessey – 405-853-7104
Omega – 405-729-4250
Hinton – 405-542-3212
Frederick – 580-335-2107

CHS Wheat Disease Update

Springtime is upon us, and spring 2020 has brought an abundance of moisture. Typically, 2 things come out of a wet spring, positive yield potentials and foliar diseases. When we have encouraging yield potentials, effort should be made to protect that potential. Outside of some late season applications of nitrogen or some micronutrient packages, insect and disease control is the primary yield saving practice remaining.

             CHS’s agronomy team has been out and about and are finding several different issues in area fields. Tan spot, septoria leaf blotch, leaf rust, stagonospora nodorum blotch and stripe rust have all been spotted. No-till fields or fields with residue should be closely monitored as majority of the cases found thus far have been in fields with residue on the soil surface. This is common as residue serves as a host to the fungi. While clean tilled fields can be infected, what we have found is that most of these are only showing the normal signs of natural senescence (sloughing tillers/leaves). A mottling appearance will often be present due to the saprophytic organisms including fungi that colonize on old dying leaves. These fungi are not harmful or known for creating leaf spotting diseases, but they do make the leaves appear to be infected.

Areas from Hinton north across CHS’s footprint are mostly only showing signs of leaf spotting diseases. However, stripe rust has been found further south in CHS’s recently acquired Fredrick area. Heath Sanders, Sales Agronomist recently alerted me to a field of Gallagher wheat in Tillman county where he identified a stripe rust infection. Knowing that the spores are floating around, and the weather is conducive for stripe rust, our agronomy team will be busy in an effort to stay in front of it and keep our customers informed.

            Even in a low and unstable market like we are faced with, fungicides are essential to maintaining our current yield goal. Fungicide applications do not gain you bushels. They help hold together the bushels already present. In the case of a severe outbreak, which is always a possibility, you could hold together 5 to 10 bushels in most varieties.

            Leaf spotting diseases often are severe enough to warrant an early fungicide application. A second application could be necessary as we move closer to heading and up to flowering as this will be a critical time to protect our grain fill from stripe rust, powdery mildew and leaf rust. Managing these applications and deciding what products will give you the residual control you need for the price that fits your operation is a tough task. We have curative and preventative fungicide options in house that range in price. Contact your CHS agronomist to help you through the process of deciding the best application timing and the most effective products for your situation.

A message about COVID-19

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 includes the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Meeting and Agronomy Center Site Tour planned for Wednesday, March 25.

Thank you for your understanding.

March 25 Annual Meeting 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 includes the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Meeting and Agronomy Center Site Tour planned for Wednesday, March 25.

Safety is a core value of CHS and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, owners and the communities in which we live and work.

If you have any questions, please reach out, and thank you for your understanding.

Tillman Producers Co-op joins CHS

Tillman Producers Co-op, an ag cooperative based out of Frederick, Oklahoma, officially began operating as part of CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative on March 3. The group joins the CHS ag retail unit based in western Oklahoma and now operates under the legal name of CHS Inc. Voting members of Tillman Producers Co-op approved the merger with CHS last fall.

“As we move forward, we are committed to securing relevant growth and expansion opportunities that protect our members’ equity while helping them grow their operations,” said Jason Kroener, general manager of the CHS ag retail unit that Tillman Producers Co-op is joining. “I look forward to working with the employees in Frederick, Davidson and Red River cotton gin locations as we focus on our shared purpose of creating connections with our farmers.”

“We were looking at many different ways our cooperative business model could remain sustainable into the future as we grow to meet our members’ increasing needs,” said Tillman Producers Co-op Board Chair Nathan Kreutziger. “CHS is the best partner to bring long-term value to our members and a strong future for all our employees.”

“We are confident that this is the best next step as we continue to grow and look for new ways to help our members and employees succeed,” said Brandon Winters, Tillman Producers Co-op president and CEO.

“We welcome Nathan, Brian Mitchell and Adam Brockriede to our board and look forward to working with them,” said L.J. Reherman, local Oklahoma producer board chair, CHS.

Patrons should expect a smooth transition, including continuity of staffing at all current locations. Winters will oversee the Frederick, Davidson and Red River cotton gin locations, reporting to CHS General Manager Jason Kroener in Okarche.

Established in 1934, Tillman Producer Co-op has served Oklahoma farmers and other customers with a full complement of agronomy, energy and grain programs and products. Its cotton gin operation has served Plains Cotton Cooperative Association grower-members for 20 years.

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