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    2020 - CFS Kids Coloring Contest
    2020 - CFS Kids Coloring Contest
    Apr 07, 2020 |
    Central Farm Service is holding a Spring Coloring Contest for the kids in our trade area. Deadline is May 15th and the prizes include 3 childrens bikes. 
    Lift the Lid - Check the Gauge!
    Lift the Lid - Check the Gauge!
    Mar 31, 2020 |
    Please don't let your propane tanks run empty. Check your tanks and call 507-451-1230 to refill your tank at 25%. For your safety and ours!
    Farmers Thrive
    Farmers Thrive
    Mar 20, 2020 |
    Dear Central Farm Service Member - We would like to make you aware of Farmers Thrive, an ongoing support service available for Central Farm Service producer members who are eligible for the CFS/Land O’Lakes Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan.
    Cream of the Crop Award Winner - John Strohschein
    Cream of the Crop Award Winner - John Strohschein
    Mar 19, 2020 |
    The Cream of the Crop Award is to recognize the dedication and hard work of one of our CFS team-mates.  This is when we proudly thank someone for their contributions to our co-op, our patrons and our teams – this award is for someone who truly is the “Cream of...
    CFS - Committed to Our Customers and Employees
    CFS - Committed to Our Customers and Employees
    Mar 19, 2020 |
    We are reaching out to you today to provide an update on the steps we are taking to keep our employees, customers, and families safe.    Perseverance is the story of agriculture.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Perseverance is not about what you...
    Nitrogen Stabilizers
    Nitrogen Stabilizers
    Mar 17, 2020 |
    Nitrogen exists in the soil in many forms and can change from one compound to another very quickly.  As a result of this nitrogen loss can be caused by various factors. Nitrogen loss in the soil typically results from leaching, denitrification, volatilization...
    Ascend® Pro and Ascend® SL
    Ascend® Pro and Ascend® SL
    Mar 17, 2020 |
    For those of you who are unfamiliar with what these products are, they are Plant Growth Regulators (PGR's). Many manufacturers offer these in different forms. Central Farm Service has been recommending the Ascend® products from Winfield United® for several years...
    Concerns on Generic Herbicides
    Concerns on Generic Herbicides
    Mar 02, 2020 |
    “Why don’t you recommend a generic herbicide instead of the more expensive branded product?” My answer to this has always been that the generic will probably work but there are times it will not work as well or cause other issues.
    Are You Reaching Your Calf’s Full Potential?
    Are You Reaching Your Calf’s Full Potential?
    Feb 25, 2020 |
    In today’s dairy economy you can’t afford to leave any money on the table. Land O’ Lakes milk replacers and Purina feeds are here to help you make the most profitable calf for your operation.
    Cream of the Crop Award Winner - Paul Wallace
    Cream of the Crop Award Winner - Paul Wallace
    Feb 13, 2020 |
    The Cream of the Crop Award is to recognize the dedication and hard work of one of our CFS team-mates.   
    What is the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)?
    What is the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)?
    Feb 07, 2020 |
     The DPAD is an allowed deduction based on the W2 wages and qualified business income of our cooperative.  
    Grain Bin Safety - It may save a life
    Grain Bin Safety - It may save a life
    Feb 04, 2020 |
    I follow lots of different social media platforms, and it seems like this week, there were multiple new stories each day, about quality, condition, and spoilage with this year’s crop.Sadly, there are also all too frequent stories about grain elevator workers and farmers...
    Maximizing Yield and Profit with Central Advantage
    Maximizing Yield and Profit with Central Advantage
    Feb 04, 2020 |
    What do you think of when you want to maximize yields? Do you know exactly where you should invest your input dollar to make the most yield across your farm? It can be a daunting task and possibly one of the biggest risk factors in farming.
    The Winning Acre Club
    The Winning Acre Club
    Feb 03, 2020 |
    In the same way that CFS does, our member-owners are always striving to learn and improve. For those that grow row crops, this typically means striving for extra bushels in the grain tank. In the spirit of learning, improving, and a splash of competition, CFS is rolling out...
    Purina Cow Calf Mineral Products
    Purina Cow Calf Mineral Products
    Feb 03, 2020 |
     Wind and Rain® Storm® Mineral 7.5 complete contains the proper balance and ratios of all 14 essential cattle minerals. It's increased particle size and the weather-resistance, provide less water absorption and mineral blowing out of the feeder. This product...
    3 CFS Board Of Directors Complete Training
    3 CFS Board Of Directors Complete Training
    Jan 27, 2020 |
    CFS Board of Directors, John Peach, Charlie Johnson, and Dale Stensrud complete Director Training at Iowa Institute.
    Soybean Trait Platforms
    Soybean Trait Platforms
    Jan 16, 2020 |
    When choosing a soybean, farmers have several trait platforms to consider. Disease tolerance and other genetic characteristics are important factors to consider to ensure it fits your soil type.
    "Sell the Carry"
    Jan 16, 2020 |
    Forward contracting grain futures is a practical and popular way to market your grain. One of the notable benefits of forward contracting is the flexibility to “sell the carry.”
    CFS Announces New Board Member
    CFS Announces New Board Member
    Jan 15, 2020 |
    January 7, 2020, I am pleased to announce that Kevin Poppel has been elected to the CFS Board of Directors. 
    Get Those Bins Cored
    Get Those Bins Cored
    Jan 03, 2020 |
    Now that harvest is complete, and we’ve rung in the New Year, it’s the perfect time to get your grain bins cored. Coring will remove almost 90% of the fines, improving aeration.
    A look back at 2019 in hopes for an even better 2020!
    A look back at 2019 in hopes for an even better 2020!
    Jan 03, 2020 |
    African Swine Fever has opened the door for pork producers to potentially see an increased value in pigs going to market. But with the increase in demand from China, there will also be some increased regulations.
    Be the Advocate Your Farmers Need Right Now
    Be the Advocate Your Farmers Need Right Now
    Nov 19, 2019 |
    October 31, 2019 / WinField United News KC GranerSenior Vice President of Agronomy, Central Farm ServiceFarmers need someone in their corner. They’re being challenged by weather, tough markets, uncertain trade policies and several years of declining income.
    CFS Foundation Presents a $3,000 Grant to the Owatonna FFA Chapter
    CFS Foundation Presents a $3,000 Grant to the Owatonna FFA Chapter
    Nov 11, 2019 |
    The donation will help with their Ag Day, which is a fun educational experience for more than 400 Owatonna elementary students.
    2019.10.30 Growing Insights - Nitrogen Stabilizers
    2019.10.30 Growing Insights - Nitrogen Stabilizers
    Oct 31, 2019 |
    We are seeing 15-12 bu yield response on acres that utilized a nitrogen stabilizer.
    CFS Growing Insights - 10.16.2019
    CFS Growing Insights - 10.16.2019
    Oct 16, 2019 |
    Freezing temperatures occurred in parts of southern MN over Sunday night, ending the growing season for many acres. Symptoms of frost damage will start to show up about 1 to 2 days after a frost. Frost symptoms include light green to gray “water-soaked” leaves that...
    CFS Growing Insights - 9.18.2019
    CFS Growing Insights - 9.18.2019
    Sep 18, 2019 |
    With a cool and wet planting season followed by periods of heavy rain, moderate temperatures, and a few dry spells, corn experienced a lot of stress.
    CFS Feed Division receives  Purina Chow honor Council Presidency Award
    CFS Feed Division receives Purina Chow honor Council Presidency Award
    Sep 16, 2019 |
    We are so proud of the CFS Feed Team for setting their sights high and making every effort to achieve this accomplishment. They are leading by example, ensuring our team’s continued reputation for excellence.
    CFS Sponsored Meet & Greet with Sawyer Brown
    CFS Sponsored Meet & Greet with Sawyer Brown
    Aug 19, 2019 |
    One out of every five kids in the U.S. is food insecure, which means that aside from school, they do not know where or when they will get their next meal. Weekends, holidays, and summer break create periods of worry, uncertainty, and hunger to millions of kids across the...
    Looking for Seasonal Harvest Help
    Looking for Seasonal Harvest Help
    Aug 14, 2019 |
    Potential to earn over $1,000 a week w/$500 end of season bonus
    CFS Team Serves Lunch to Truman Tractor Parade Participants
    CFS Team Serves Lunch to Truman Tractor Parade Participants
    Jul 26, 2019 |
    What a Great Day for a Truman Tractor Parade! The CFS team served a delicious meal to those that participated in the tractor ride. 
    CFS Donates $3,000 to Feeding Our Community Partners
    CFS Donates $3,000 to Feeding Our Community Partners
    Jul 26, 2019 |
    The CFS Foundation approved $10,000 in grant funds to be distributed to 15 backpack food programs within their service and trade area.  In addition, the CFS funds are being matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation, bringing the total contribution to $20,000.  The...
    CFS Donates $2400 to Watonwan Backpack Food Program
    CFS Donates $2400 to Watonwan Backpack Food Program
    Jul 26, 2019 |
    The CFS Foundation approved $10,000 in grant funds to be distributed to 15 backpack food programs within their service and trade area.  In addition, the CFS funds are being matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation, bringing the total contribution to $20,000.  The...
    CFS Supports Adopt-A-Pig Program
    CFS Supports Adopt-A-Pig Program
    Jul 24, 2019 |
    Ed Hubly, Swine Nutrition Specialist CFS was one of the instrumental contributors of the Adopt A Pig Program that was started to help kids that are interested in raising and showing a pig at the County Fair.   
    We Want to Stay Ahead of the Game When Helping You With Your Nitrogen
    We Want to Stay Ahead of the Game When Helping You With Your Nitrogen
    Jun 19, 2019 |
    At CFS, we have been trialing a crop modeling tool, the R7 Field Forecasting Tool, that takes into account planting date and current and forecasted weather conditions to provide an estimate of how much nitrogen you may need to supplement to meet your yield goals.
    CFS Presents a $2,400 Grant to Heaven’s Table
    CFS Presents a $2,400 Grant to Heaven’s Table
    Jun 12, 2019 |
    The CFS Foundation approved $10,000 in grant funds to be distributed to 15 backpack food programs within their service and trade area.  In addition, the CFS funds are being matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation, bringing the total contribution to $20,000.  The...
    2019 Albert Lea Kids Safety Camp
    2019 Albert Lea Kids Safety Camp
    Jun 05, 2019 |
    Shannon Bode, CFS Enviromental Health & Safety Manager volunteered to teach kids Chemical Safety at the Albert Lea FFA  - Kids Safety Camp on June 5, 2019
    CFS Growing Insights - 5.22.2019
    CFS Growing Insights - 5.22.2019
    May 22, 2019 |
    Across the U.S. corn belt, the week ending May 19th marked the slowest corn planting progress in the last 30 years at 49% planted across the U.S (5-year average is 80%). 
    CFS Youth Awards Program
    CFS Youth Awards Program
    May 17, 2019 |
    CFS has created a program to thank our youngest livestock producers for showcasing their animals at the local county fairs.
    Family Business
    Family Business
    May 13, 2019 |
    “Driver continuity is a big reason we’ve stayed with Central Farm Service as our fuel and propane supplier,” says Tom Sorem, second from left, who runs Sorem Farms with siblings Lisa Tennessen (shown with her son, Morgan) and Richard Sorem.
    Cream of the Crop Award - April
    Cream of the Crop Award - April
    May 13, 2019 |
    The Cream of the Crop Award is to recognize the dedication and hard work of one of our CFS team-mates.  This is when we proudly thank someone for their contributions to our co-op, our patrons and our teams – this award is for someone who truly is the “Cream of...
    CFS Presents at Safety Camp to Fairmont Area Fourth Grade Students
    CFS Presents at Safety Camp to Fairmont Area Fourth Grade Students
    May 10, 2019 |
    Shannon Bode, CFS EHS Manager speaks to area 4th-grade students about chemical safety.
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the NRHEG FFA Chapter
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the NRHEG FFA Chapter
    May 07, 2019 |
    New Richland, Minn., May 8, 2019 — The CFS Foundation recently approved $31,500 in grant funds to be distributed to 21 FFA chapters within their service and trade area.
    Dennis Inman, CFS VP of Grain Elected to the NGFA Board of Directors
    Dennis Inman, CFS VP of Grain Elected to the NGFA Board of Directors
    May 07, 2019 |
    Dennis Inman, Vice President of Grain for CFS based in Truman, MN was recently elected to the board of directores of the National Grain and Feed Association. 
    Soil Temp May 7, 2019
    Soil Temp May 7, 2019
    May 07, 2019 |
    Soil temps at 4” depth this morning at 8:00 a.m. was 47 degrees in a planted corn field. 48 degrees in seed furrow at the 2” depth.
    CFS Presents a $4,000 Grant to the Welcome Fire Department
    CFS Presents a $4,000 Grant to the Welcome Fire Department
    May 06, 2019 |
    The CFS Foundation recently approved $2,500 in grant funds to be distributed the Welcome Fire Department.  In addition, the Land O’Lakes Foundation provided an additional $1,500, bringing the total contribution to $4,000.  The grant money will be used to...
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the Kenyon-Wanamingo FFA Chapter.
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the Kenyon-Wanamingo FFA Chapter.
    May 01, 2019 |
    The purpose for the grant money is for each chapter to use the funds to focus on developing and applying leadership and classroom skills with activities, projects, or events that help improve our rural communities and/or service those who live there.
    Spring Corn Planting Reminder
    Spring Corn Planting Reminder
    Apr 30, 2019 |
    We've been receiving a lot of questions on what impact the slow start to spring will have on the corn crop.  There are many things to consider when planting corn such as soil temperature, planting population, plant spacing, depth, and much more. However, have you...
    Soil Temperature 4-30-2019
    Soil Temperature 4-30-2019
    Apr 30, 2019 |
    Soil Temp 47 degrees on 4-30-2019 @ 9:08 AM near Blooming Prairie, MN
    2019-04-29 Soil Temp
    2019-04-29 Soil Temp
    Apr 29, 2019 |
    Roughly 45 degrees in unworked bean ground a few miles south of Blooming Prairie.
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the United South Central FFA Chapter.
    CFS Presents a $3,000 Grant to the United South Central FFA Chapter.
    Apr 29, 2019 |
    The purpose for the grant money is for each chapter to use the funds to focus on developing and applying leadership and classroom skills with activities, projects, or events that help improve our rural communities and/or service those who live there.

Events

2020 North American Farm and Power Show

 Stop by and See Us - CFS Booth # 615,617 and 619
Thursday, March 19 - 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday, March 20 - 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday, March 21 - 9 AM to 4 PM
 

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    3 Tips to Maximize the ROI Potential on Micronutrient Applications
    3 Tips to Maximize the ROI Potential on Micronutrient Applications
    Apr 08, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Compared to macronutrients, which are generally applied in hundreds of pounds per acre, micronutrients might seem less critical for plant nutrition. Although crops may only require small quantities of micronutrients, without them critical functions within the plant are halted...
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Make This Adjustment to Help Reduce Dicamba Drift Potential in 2020
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Exciting new research from WinField United reinforces and broadens findings from earlier this year regarding the control of fine particle drift. What we found First, WinField United researchers recently discovered that even if a drift reduction adjuvant (DRA) is included in...
    Look Beyond Your Seed’s Traits for Successful Weed Control
    Look Beyond Your Seed’s Traits for Successful Weed Control
    Apr 06, 2020 | Answer Plot
    Planting herbicide-resistant seed is the new norm for most farmers. And while postemergence applications are certainly important, to protect the trait technology and to get more effective weed control, it’s crucial to build a season-long strategy that relies on layered...