August 27th, 2014
It’s been a busy summer over here at Standard. The recent hail-storms in the area have left a lot of people rattled and the damage has been severe in many cases, but we all know this sort of thing comes and goes in cycles. Those crops that were untouched by hail are doing phenomenally, and we are proud to see the work that went into the field in spring is really coming to light as we head into Harvest.
Our list of employees has had a bit of a shake up; with the addition of Mike Sauve as our Salesman and the departure of both Sylvia Wolfs—who is moving to Head Office as our new Credit & Producer Financing Manager—and our handy summer intern, Jordan Barker, who is heading back to school. We wish both of them the best of luck and thank them deeply for such outstanding service during their time here.
Beyond that, we have plans for our Customer Appreciation Dinner coming up in October, with high hopes to see all of you turn out. Our local Flat Plant has been undergoing renovations to make sure that it’s geared up to start filling with fertilizer this winter. Also, everyone at CHS DynAgra is preparing for some changes down the line that’ll see some major improvements to our facilities. We think you’ll all be excited to see what’s happening.
On behalf of all CHS, we wish you the best of luck this harvest!
-The CHS DynAgra Standard Team
July 23rd, 2014
With the end of spring and completion of seeding, comes the arrival of much warmer temperatures and of course weeds and pests. Chemical and fungicide season has come upon us and it has been a busy one. The Carseland team has been ensuring that all of our customers are receiving products that are particular to their needs.
During the middle of June, CHS Dynagra had an online auction from June 18-25, 2014 to sell off the surplus equipment that each location had. All of the equipment was situated at the Carseland location so that those interested could view it and gather any information about it from Lorne Jones.
Throughout the summer, our small community likes to put together a few different functions to celebrate the community as a whole, and being a part of this community CHS Dynagra, has been a contributor to a couple of community events. Our small team in Carseland took part in the Carseland Aggie Days Parade on Saturday, June 21. Regardless of the poor weather, we were still able to decorate one of our trucks. Bob and Mike were the real troopers and threw treats out for all of the kids. It was great to see the excitement on everybody’s faces. Our location also donated to the Lion’s Club to assist with their part in the Aggie Days Weekend fun. Our next community function is the Carseland Centennial celebration which is coming up July 18-20. We have contributed funds to assist with making more memorable moments.
From July 14-16, the CHS Dynagra team met together in Calgary to attend a series of informative sessions. After the large group sessions, many of the CHS Dynagra team displayed some great skill on the Boulder Creek Golf Course in Langdon. After golf, everybody partook in an awesome steak dinner put on by the Golf Course, enjoyed great discussions, and had many laughs and shared some pretty hilarious stories of their adventures both on and off the course. It was a great team building event and was received well by all that attended.
Hope to see you all soon,
The CHS DynAgra Team
July 9th, 2014
The canola is blooming and the wheat is heading out in Rolling Hills!!
I took a drive around the country side and the crops are looking awesome!
With all of the moisture we have had over the last couple of weeks, now is a good time to look for disease and start to think about fungicide as an option in your crop protection plans.
One disease to be on the look out for this summer in your cereal crops is Fusarium Head Blight. Fusarium Head Blight is caused by the fungus Fusarium graminearum which causes significant losses in both yield and quality. It also results in the production of mycotoxins that affect livestock feed, the baking and milling quality of wheat and the malting and brewing qualities of malt barley. The most common symptom of Fusarium Head Blight is the premature bleaching or blighting of the heads. FHB causes the seeds in the heads to not fill properly and make them appear shriveled and bleached. The florets can also have a pinkish or orange appearance near their base. Warm, moist weather can worsen the infection. Early detection is the key. To help reduce the risk of FHB use non-infected seed, rotate your crops, use the least susceptible varieties. Those under irrigation can reduce the risk by careful water management. Irrigation should be avoided during the flowering period to prevent the humid conditions that favor infection. And don’t forget, when needed, to use a fungicide.
Rolling Hills will be holding their Customer Appreciation Lunch on Friday July 18th from 11:30 – 2:00 at the Community Hall. Everyone is welcome!! Please RSVP to Penny at 403-964-3562 before July 15th.
Happy growing everone!!
June 26th, 2014
Time of joy – Beiseker Village
Beiseker Sports Day kicked off in style with many distinguished and fun filled floats & as our farmers had completed their seeding for the season, it was time for some fun. As CHS DynAgra had served its customers very well during the seeding season, our Beiseker team was on hand to celebrate the day with the community. With all the new additions in staff at the Beiseker location, it was a perfect show of team work and community spirit!
Our new speciality products manager, Marco Haro and his family, received accolades for becoming part of the community and helping CHS DynAgra win third prize in the commercial float category. Thanks Marco!!
Craig Waldner, our operations backbone and a dedicated employee, along with young Nathan Schmaltz, our jack of all trades man, & Aseem Dabur, overall outstanding good man, were excited to meet all the farmers. The parade concluded with lots of candies and greetings of a good crop year.
May 20th, 2014
It is great to see the moisture, but as you can see you need rubber boots in Standard!!!! There have been one or two farmers that have turned a wheel but the majority are waiting patiently.
On the positive side of things, this has given us opportunity to make sure our plant is full of fertilizer to start our busy season. There have been some changes in our plant; we have added 4x 1630bins which hold approximately 200 MT of fertilizer each. The old elevator will no longer be used. We may be looking at tearing this land mark down sometime this fall.
There have also been some changes in our staff at Standard. I am very excited to welcome Mike Sauve to Standard. Mike’s position is Business Development Specialist. Mike comes from the Gleichen area and he has worked in the grain business for many years; this will add a new level of education to move our business forward. Also for spring we have hired a couple of great guys: Jordon Barker our new interim, and Joe Martin returning from last year.
Welcome to CHS Dynagra guys!
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
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.
The CHS DynAgra Team
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.
The CHS DynAgra Team
March 5th, 2014
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!
The CHS DynAgra Team
February 14th, 2014
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!