SYCAMORE, IL, June 4, 2013—CHS Elburn Co. announced today the purchase of Badger Grain Co. of Darien, Wis.
The acquisition gives CHS Elburn the ability to increase services for patrons at the northern edge of its current service area, says John Husk, general manager of CHS Elburn, and Badger Grain customers will gain access to CHS Elburn’s enhanced resources, including crop production products.
“This investment provides a wonderful opportunity for both Badger and CHS Elburn,” adds Husk. “We’re now able to bring our rail and truck capability to the Chicago-area market. This capability, combined with our experience on the Illinois river System brings additional value to Badger’s customers.”
Badger Grain Co. has been owned and operated for the past 30 years by the Lawton family of Darien. Eric Lawton will continue to manage the Darien facility.
There are no plans to close sites or lay off Badger employees, Husk adds.
“An important part of this partnership is the management and employees of Badger,” Husk says. “The Lawton family and their employees have run a business that is known for its honesty and integrity. This philosophy tracks exactly with the CHS Elburn philosophy. I believe we will learn as much from their management and employees as they will learn from us.”
CHS Elburn recently donated more than $4,000 to the Kane County Farm Bureau program, Harvest for All—a program that helps restock local food pantries.
Since 2009, the Cooperative has donated more than $12,000 to the Farm Bureau, earmarking proceeds from its two variety trial plots for the local program.
“We are dedicated to supporting our community,” says Ron Alms, senior agronomist at CHS Elburn. “We live here and farm here, and by supporting the Farm Bureau program, we both help our neighbors and promote goodwill for the agriculture industry.”
Harvest for All, which started in 2009, has raised more than $85,000 for local families in need—the equivalent of more than a half-a-million meals, according to the Kane County Farm Bureau website.
“Hunger is a real problem for so many people right here in Kane County, and throughout Illinois,” says John Husk, general manager for CHS Elburn. “As an agriculture, we support the farmers who are helping to feed the world, and we feel it’s very important to give back to our own community in this way.”
The Land O’ Lakes Foundation also matched CHS Elburn’s gifts to local food pantries, Alms said, which doubles the donation.
You can learn more about how Kane County Farmers Fight Hunger at this Kane County Farm Bureau video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpykKMWuxk0&lr=1&feature=mhee or at http://www.kanecfb.com
Precision Application Protects Environment, Profits
If you are committed to making sure your farm performs to its fullest potential, CHS Elburn’s Precision Agronomics program is for you.
Precision Agronomics is to get the right nutrient at the right rate, in the right place, at exactly the right time, says Jeff Keifer, Sales and Precision Agronomics Specialist for CHS Elburn. The program offers farmers a stable yield while lowering input costs.
“Soil testing is a great way to save our customers money,” Keiffer says. “Based on the tests, we replace only the nutrients that the plant requires. This practice helps our customers protect the environment and their profit margins.”
CHS Elburn agronomists look at the soil first to see what nutrients it needs and in what amounts. This information is used to control and vary the fertilizer rate as equipment moves through the field.
For more information on precision agronomics at CHS Elburn visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOH08CLM1SQ or contact Keiffer at Jeffk@elburcoop.com or 815-899-8964.
Maple Park Fire Department
Farming is one of the most hazardous industries in the world, and farm workers face a high risk of fatal and nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2010, the most recent statistics available, 476 farmers or farm workers died as a result of farming accidents.
CHS Elburn has a long-standing commitment to safety, not only of employees but also the community. The Cooperative recently donated $250 to the Maple Park Fire Department. The Land-O-Lakes Foundation matched the gift.
“We ask all of our employees and patrons to please put safety first when working on the farm,” says John Husk, general manager for CHS Elburn. “We also support the people and organizations that can make the difference between life and death when an accident occurs.”
For more information on farm safety, visit the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at http://www.necasag.org/safety_brochures.php.
For the third year in a row, the CHS Elburn high-yield soybean team took first place in District 2 in the Illinois Yield Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association.
The nine-member team had the highest yield increases between their “standard” plots and “challenge” plots, says Jeff Keifer, Sales and Precision Agronomics Specialist for CHS Elburn.
“We do large, 40-acre plots. We also try a variety of different practices and inputs to grow high-yield soybeans,” Keifer says. “We brainstorm ideas and try something different. Some ideas work and some don’t.”
The team formed in 2008 as part of an initiative to find ways to soybean yields. When the ISA began hosting the high-yield Challenge in 2010, Keifer says it was a natural step for the team to enter the competition. The team took first place in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The five-year, group average is 61 bu/acre with a range of 46 to 84.5 bu/acre. This year, the highest yield was just over 73 bu/acre.
According to the ISA, nearly 50 teams and 300 plots contributed to this year’s Challenge. Soybean growers in nine crop districts tested side-by-side plots, using traditional methods in one plot and innovative techniques in the other.
Click here (http://www.soyyieldchallenge.com) for a full list of Challenge winners and more information on the contest.
SYCAMORE, IL, May 17, 2013—CHS Elburn Co. announced today it has completed the acquisition of Newark Seed on Highway 52 in Newark, IL.
On Wednesday, Steve Scalf and CHS Elburn completed the transaction, which began in 2007 when CHS Elburn took over the Pioneer Seed Agency operated by Scalf on Highway 52 south of Newark.
“We’re extremely pleased with the growth of our seed sales at Newark and with the help of our partners at Pioneer look forward to growing the business further, says Dave Myers, Agronomy Division Manager for CHS Elburn. “We have a great team at Newark and they are an important part of our agronomy offering in the southern part of our territory.”
In 2007, Scalf became an employee of Elburn and manager of the Newark location, and he continued to own and operate the bulk seed and treatment facilities. With the purchase’s completion, CHS Elburn will own and operate the bulk seed and treatment facilities. Scalf will continue to manage the location.
The site also employs two sales people, Fred Blue and Nate Rink, and seasonal employee, Jake Scalf, who handles seed treatment.