CHS Update: Carseland Office

April 16th, 2014

There are a lot of changes happening at our Carseland location!

Jocelynne Palin just started last month and is off to a busy start making farm calls in the surrounding area.  Although she is a permanent full time position, she has also had to take over for Wade for the summer months while he operates his green house, Garden Scents, located just outside Chestermere.

We have also added Brianna Ter Mors to our location as our new tender truck driver and also joining us in the next few weeks is Valerie Alce filling the role of Customer Service Representative.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to have them both on staff!  Lorne and Bob are extremely busy in the yard right now with the melt of all the snow and seeding being on everyone’s radar.  We’re also glad that enough snow is gone we could get to the sign in the yard and take down our Christmas Lunch Invitation (it is April afterall)!

All in all, we’re excited for this Spring and the challenges it will bring with it. Drop by our office or any of CHS DynAgra’s offices and we’ll be more than happy to show you how we’re prepared for seeding season this year.

All the best,

CHS DynAgra Carseland Sales Office

Shelby Hub Plant Tour: A Fantastic Time

April 4th, 2014

Hey there, everybody!

(I apologize for the lack of photos to accompany this post. Our photographer is away currently, but I hope I’ll be able to update this post soon and show you all the things we saw on our trip.)

Well we made it to Shelby, Montana and saw their brand new Hub Plant. Just seeing it in person was enough to make the trip worthwhile. The Plant looks incredible and seeing the massive storage space they had set aside for fertilizer was both amazing and a great relief. Clearly, this facility will ensure a massive amount of security when it comes to getting fertilizer to you, the customer, this Spring.

The town of Shelby was also incredibly excited to have us, giving us a fantastic welcome and plenty of door prizes. We felt incredibly honored by their contribution and it cements the feeling this new Hub Plant is going to be run by spectacular people. We took in some amazing sights and met some amazing people. In all honesty it was quite the struggle to get back on the bus Friday morning thanks to all the fun we had the day before.

Shelby was a phenomenal time and we look forward to doing a lot of business and receiving a lot of support from the Hub Plant. This Spring looks like a good one with them behind us.

Sincerely,

The CHS DynAgra Team

Lethbridge Ag Expo: What A Great Time!

March 13th, 2014

Hello there, everybody!

First and foremost, we’d like to remind you that next week we are going to be having our trip to the Shelby Fertilizer Hub Plant. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SIGN-UPS. For those that have already signed up, we will be performing call-outs to confirm passengers and we will need the first, middle, and last name as well as date of birth of everyone in your group. Without these you will not have a bus seat saved or a hotel reservation. We will also be closing sign-up 48 hours before the trip (Monday, March 17th, is the end) to hand in the list of names to US Border Customs. Be sure you’ve given us this information to ensure confirmation goes as smoothly as possible.

In other exciting news, we got back from the Lethbridge Ag Expo a couple weeks ago and had an amazing time. The turn-out from growers was spectacular and you all had great questions for us.  Our associates from CHS had a fantastic time and were glad to see such an impressive group of farmers working up here. We look forward to seeing all of you when the next Agriculture Expo rolls around and we hope you had a fantastic time too.

Sincerely,

The CHS DynAgra Team

CHS DynAgra Is Heading To The Shelby Fertilizer Hub Plant

March 5th, 2014

Hello again,

In case you haven’t heard, we’re planning a tour to CHS’s newest Hub Plant in Shelby, Montana this March 20th to 21st. We’ll be showing off the massive amount of work going into ensuring that our service to you, the customer, is peerless. However, the buses planned for the trip are already filling up or are completely booked.

If you’re a farmer who might be interested, you’ll need to call in soon and confirm a spot on one of our three buses (one in Beiseker, one in Rolling Hills, and one in Lethbridge) or notify us you’ll drive down on your own. This’ll ensure you have a hotel room in town if you need it, totally paid for by DynAgra, and get you a chance to win prizes courtesy of the Shelby Town Committee.

You can contact us by either signing up at dynagra.com or calling (403)-964-3562. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

The CHS DynAgra Team

CHS DynAgra At The Lethbridge Ag Expo!

February 14th, 2014

Hi Everyone,

We wanted to let you know  that CHS DynAgra will be at the Lethbridge Exhibition Park (3401 Parkside Drive South) for the Agricultural Expo running from February 26-28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. We hope to have a great time and show everyone how we’re powered by service and strive to give you the help necessary to make this year your best one yet.

We’ll be at booth #203, ready to answer any and all questions you might have on farming strategies, our extensive list of products, and much, much more. On the 27th and 28th we’ll also be joined by a few gentlemen from CHS to further assist you: Kyle Koschmeder, Ross Thayer, Joe Knox, Scott Knapton, and a yet-to-be-named member of Decisive Soil Testing.

So come down and we’ll do all we can to ensure you know your business is in the best hands possible. Looking forward to seeing you there!

University of Lethbridge & Olds College Intern Tour

February 6th, 2014

January’s been an exciting time for recruiting new talent to our CHS DynAgra team! We held CHS information sessions at the University of Lethbridge & Olds College campuses just a few weeks ago and it was a fantastic experience.

Tina Dorner, Campus Recruiter for CHS, was an absolute star! She really got the students interacting with the presentations and it was great to see the interest that it generated in our company. Her enthusiasm was contagious & her professionalism and knowledge made the trip a great learning experience for me. Students participated by answering questions generated from the CHS video & they won T-shirts & CHS DynAgra ball caps for giving the correct answers.

Mike Easter spoke about his experience with CHS DynAgra during our presentation at the University of Lethbridge & Kaycee Lunde spoke about her intern involvement to the students & staff at Olds College. It was great listening to them talk about their work with CHS DynAgra and I think it really added a personal touch to the presentations. One attendee said it was nice to hear about the jobs & hands-on experiences from a sales person’s perspective.

What a fabulous experience this was for me to be able to spread the word about what a great place CHS DynAgra is to work for!

~ Kathy Botsford, Admin.Assistant

STRONG FUTURES IN RURAL ALBERTA

January 29th, 2014

The success of CHS DynAgra lies in our rural communities. A major part of this is our belief in giving back and doing our part to ensure strong growth and bright futures for our upcoming generations.

Today was a day to remember this as we took to the Carseland School with two IPad minis. The school was seeking donations to create a full classroom of IPads for the students. We couldn’t think of a better way to contribute to our vibrant little community!

At the school we had the chance to meet a student who will be using these IPads in class. This young man had smiles for miles that were certainly contagious and soon caught by the CHS DynAgra Carseland team. What a simple way for us to shape a future! Many of our employees and growers have children enrolled in our local schools, which made today extra special for us.

CHS DynAgra is committed to building strong futures in rural Alberta. We left the school today with a great sense of pride, and look forward to contributing our time and efforts similarly in the future.

Yours Truly,

The Team at CHS DynAgra in Carseland,

Lorne, Wade, Marko, Bob, Kaylee

CHS DynAgra Is Back!

January 15th, 2014

Hello there everyone,

The CHS DynAgra Blog is back up and running. We’ve done a bit of behind-the-scenes work on the blog as we prepare and look forward to a lot of exciting news to share with you. Starting today and updating every other week, we’ll be bringing you updates from the sales offices in Carseland, Beiseker, Rolling Hills, and Standard. We’ll also be sharing news to help you stay ahead of the competition and inform you on the latest in agriculture news.

Unfortunately, as part of our work on getting the blog back on its feet, we’ve had to delete every subscriber user from our database. We apologize profusely for this inconvenience. This will be the last time we have to do something like this. Just sign on again and you’ll be able to sign up once more.

We here at CHS DynAgra look forward to a bright year ahead, and we hope you are, too.

Sincerely,

The CHS DynAgra Team

To Precede or Not to Precede, that is the question!?

July 19th, 2012

This is the question that will come up many times before ordering your seed for next season. The decision to treat with Precede was the obvious answer in this case. Can you see the difference in root development in the crops below?


The one on the left is the one treated with Precede and the one on the right was not. Just by looking at the two, it is easy to tell that there is more root mass on the crop on the left. This makes it the healthier plant- no roots, no crop.

Now here is what more and healthier roots accomplish in the plant:

· A head start for the crop because of better root establishment

· Have a healthier rhizoshpere (Remember ‘how hairy are your roots?”)

· Have greater access to more macro and micro nutrients

· More moisture is available to the crop

· With a better foundation the crop has a better chance of recovering after stresses such as hail, excess moisture and drought

That is all important, however, the most important thing to know is the healthier the root, the healthier the crop and it sets you up for a successful harvest.

Why not put Precede on your investment for 2013 and make it your best quality crop yet? If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact your closest DynAgra Representative, we would love to help you!

By Brittany Blakely

Rust and Blight and Spot, Oh My! - Brittany Blakely, DynAgra

June 20th, 2012

The moisture that has been prevalent in the province this spring has been responsible for strong green crop growth which will have a positive effect on development of all crops and grain. However, the moisture also has a growth effect for fungi on the crops. This moisture mixed with tight crop rotations and the rust that has been seen in parts of Southern Alberta has potential to cause major damage on this year’s crop yields. The solution of staying ahead of disease is using a fungicide and an herbicide.

The question “Why would an herbicide be helpful?” may be coming to mind, the answer is weeds contract and contribute to the spread of disease. It is important to spray for weeds for reasons such as crop competition. The spread of disease should also be a reason on your list for getting rid of weeds.

Using herbicides do not take over for the fungicide. It is always necessary to protect your fields with fungicide. If you have not already applied fungicides you should be applying them soon for preventative measures. If you wait until there is the first signs of disease, it is a bigger risk that may not work in your favor.

A few helpful hints that will help with Crop Protection; Have your fields scouted for early signs of unexpected issues and make sure to rotate your fungicide group. We want you to be prepared this season! To make this your best crop ever! Call your local DynAgra for your fungicide and herbicide expert today to find out more.

The following websites may also be of interest to you. Learn more about the fungi that may be affecting your crop’s growth potential.

http://www.agriculture.alberta.ca/app21/infopage?cat1=Diseases%2FInsects%2F Pests

http://www.smallgrains.org/DisplayPage.aspx?pageId=Disease__amp__Disease_Control