Co-op News > July 2020
Aerial Spraying Corn

Get Money Back if You Don't Hit 105% of Your APH

Jul 15, 2020

Fungicide Warranty Program - There is tremendous uncertainty in the response of fungicide applications. Applying fungicide to your corn acres is a big investment and the results from the Answer Plot® program showed an average of 5.6 to 40.4-bushel-per-acre yield response, depending on the hybrid. At $3 corn, this is a $104 range of outcomes. At the top end of this range, you’re making out like a bandit, but at the bottom end of this range, you’re not even covering your cost of application. In the past, you would have no option, but to shoulder all this risk.

Potato Leafhoppers Destroying Alfalfa in Southern WI

Jul 10, 2020

Alfalfa Potato Leafhopper - As the AC units are rolling in full force this week, so is the Potato Leafhoppers development in alfalfa.  In a poll across our area, leafhopper counts have increased well above the economic threshold. Why is this a concern?  

Cow in Sand Bedding

DRP & Driving Production Webinar

Jul 08, 2020

Delivering more dollars & protecting your investment June 30th we hosted a webinar with Dr. Tom Overton (Cornell University) and Jessica Sarbacker (State Bank of Cross Plains) on the Dairy Revenue Protection program and driving components and pounds of solids. 

From the Manager's Desk

Jul 01, 2020

I hope you enjoyed the Independence Day holiday with family and friends. With some staff members, including yours truly, taking a day or two off during the holiday week, it often leaves others picking up the slack to make sure we deliver on our promise to provide our members with excellent, hassle free service. Thanks to all of you who called in your orders early so our staff could wrap up the week on time Friday and enjoy the holiday weekend with family (and a limited number of aware, cautious, and socially distanced friends). I’d also like to thank all of you who returned your propane contracts by the end of June. It’s a crazy week when they are all coming in so quickly and we appreciate your patience and support. Thanks too for your understanding as we fielded more calls than usual due to the energy offices still having very limited access for face to face assistance with questions this year. Like all of you, we are very anxious to get back to in person contact as soon as we can ensure the safety of our members and staff. If reading this reminded you that your contract is still sitting on the kitchen table, just pick up the phone and call the energy office nearest to you. I’m sure we’ll be able to take care of you. The last of the propane contracts (Cap renewals) and safety mailings will be sent out later this month. On behalf of our energy team and everyone at your cooperative, thank you for choosing us to serve your propane needs again this year.

Energy Division Summer Projects

Jun 02, 2020

I hope you are enjoying your summer. It’s been an interesting one so far, hasn’t it? I’ve been spending a lot of my free time on my barn roof replacing old nails with new screws. I figured I’d better get at it because I swear it rains harder inside my barn than outside. I’m hoping to wrap up that project soon so I can move on to the next one. 

Calves Need Water

May 02, 2019

Water plays essential roles in hydrating a calf and in rumen development, not only in the summer, but year-round.  Baby calves are on a liquid diet, so it may seem that offering water is not necessary, but that is not true. Offering water separate from milk will increase weight gains by increasing starter intake.  Best practice is to provide calves access to clean, fresh, warm water from the first day of life. However, according to the National Dairy Health Monitoring System (USDA, 2014), the average age of heifers when first offered water in the United States is 17.3 days. The age when first offered water tends to go down as herd size increases (see table), and no category of herd size is (on average) offering water the first day of life.