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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CHS reports $125.4 million in second quarter net income

Sunset over a farm

April 8, 2020

Dear Owners:

We are pleased to share our second quarter results for fiscal year 2020. We reported net income of $125.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, which ended Feb. 29, 2020. This compares to net income of $248.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

The company reported revenues of $6.6 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 compared to revenues of $6.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019. In the first six months of fiscal year 2020, CHS reported net income of $303.3 million compared to net income of $596.3 million in the first six months of fiscal year 2019.

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Update on COVID-19 from Jay Debertin

Dear valued customers and owners:

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.

Sincerely,

Jay D. Debertin
President and CEO

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.

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