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CHS DynAgra Update: Standard Location

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Hello Everyone,

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

Update From Our Carseland Office!

Wednesday, 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

CHS DynAgra Update–Rolling Hills

Wednesday, 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!!


Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Hello everyone

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!

CHS Update: Carseland Office

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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


Wednesday, 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

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

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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. Pests

CROP CHECKUP: Potential for four generations of diamondbacks-Grain News

Friday, June 15th, 2012

In his weekly Call of the Land report Alberta Agriculture pest specialist Scott Meers says that diamondback moths could be a season-long threat, especially in southern Alberta where emergence was so early this year. The first adults of the new generation have been spotted around Lethbridge this week.

“This is really early, these generations will get faster as the weather gets warmer so we could easily see three generations and possibly into the fourth this summer,” Meers said.

Meers said that is less likely further north where diamondback development has been slower, but this is a scenario for significant crop damage, as each generation gets larger and the population is higher. However parasitic insects and diseases could reduce the population, and some adults of parasitic moths are being spotted…(Full Story)