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Propane Autogas: The Safest Way to Get Back to School

Sep 15, 2021

Propane Autogas is the not just the best economical choice you can make for your district, it's also the safest for your students. Here's why:

Grain Bin

September Grain Update

Sep 10, 2021

I hope everyone had a great month of August and you are ready for the busy months ahead. Best of luck to all about to chop silage and those who are in the middle of chopping. I have a couple of reminders as we head into the grain harvest season. First, contact one of us today to get put on the list for each location’s harvest text updates. This includes hour changes, weather updates, and other location alerts sent out as needed. You can sign up by asking a grain staff member or on our website under the Grain Marketing tab. Second, keep in mind that Premier offers fall trucking out of the field. If your operation needs some extra hauling, please reach out and we will put together a plan. This month’s WASDE report brought an unexpected reduction to 2021 crop yields, supporting the market. The USDA estimates corn yield at 174.6 bpa and soybeans at 50.0 bpa. 2021 corn carryouts are projected at 1.12 billion bushels and soybeans at 160 million bushels. 2022 carryouts sit at 1.24 billion and 155 million bushels. These current USDA numbers are keeping a supportive floor under our market, but as we discover how the crop looks both nationwide and for yourself personally in the next few months, be ready with an action plan in place for marketing your grain. 

Dairy Cow

Do you allow your cows to reach their potential?

Sep 10, 2021

This topic is one of the most talked about items by dairy cow nutritionists and dairy producers.  I wanted to add to prior newsletter articles written by my colleagues where they talked about setting the table for fresh cows by ventilating dry cows and feeding dry cows for success.  Building from that I will add on how handling postcalving animals is crucial to those lactating animals reaching peak milk.  

Grid Sampling

Fall Fertilizer Applications

Sep 03, 2021

It’s hard to believe how fast the summer has flown by.  While I’m ready for more fall like temperatures and the beginning of corn silage harvest, followed closely with soybeans and corn, I am not looking forward to less sunlight hours and cold weather.  I am however, looking forward to high school, Badger, and Packer football games. 

New Construction Propane

September Energy News

Sep 02, 2021

I’m sorry to report that summer is almost over. If you’re like me, you’ll try to cram in as much fun summer stuff into the last few weeks of nice weather as possible. Things that I should have been doing all summer, like barbequing and getting my boat out. Whoever said the best two days of a boat owner’s life is the day they buy it and the day they sell it hit the nail right on the head.

Chopping Corn

From the Manager's Desk

Sep 01, 2021

Over the past several weeks nearly all of our trade area has received the measurable rains and heat needed to help bring this year’s crop to maturity. Despite some areas being a little drier than others earlier in the summer, it looks like we will have a very good harvest again this year. Our team is busy emptying the bins and hauling out the last of about eight million bushels of grain we received at our facilities from the 2020 harvest. In addition to our grain facilities in Westby, Richland Center, Mazomanie, and Mineral Point, as mentioned last month, we have also added an additional location in Hazel Green, WI to help support our member’s needs in southeastern Grant County. If you need help with handling or marketing your grain this fall, please give us a call. 

Grid Sampling

Maximize Fertilizer Efficiency with Grid Sampling

Aug 30, 2021

Phosphorous (P), potassium (K), and soil pH have an optimal range in the soil. Underapplying fertilizer will lead to nutrient deficiency in the plant and reduced yields. Overapplying fertilizer will increase costs without improving yield. Soil tests provide the information needed to determine what rate of fertilizer will maximize yield potential without excessive cost.

Corn Silage Harvest

2021 Corn Silage Harvest

Aug 13, 2021

I don’t know about where you live but in my area in the SW corner of WI a majority of the corn tasseled on or near the July 7-11th this year. Easy rule of thumb is the corn is close to ready or ready to be chopped for corn silage 45 days after tasseling.  That means some people could be chopping corn silage around August 18. Yes, weather has a big impact on the time of harvest time.  A week ago, I’d say it’d be earlier due to drought conditions and now with rains it may mature normally. The good news is we don’t have to guess about this. 

Premier Propane Tank

August Energy News

Aug 05, 2021

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer. I was invited by Uncle Sam to spend two and a half weeks at beautiful Ft. McCoy in July. Not really my idea of a vacation but it was a nice change of pace. It certainly made choosing what to wear to work each day a lot easier. I think I enjoy wearing camouflage because of the slimming effect.

Dairy Cow

Are you setting your dry cows up for success?

Aug 04, 2021

We often focus on the ROI of additives in lactating cow diets as they are the ones currently earning their keep, but without a smooth transition period, they cannot reach their potential. Two of the most important metabolic shifts that occur at calving are calcium and fat mobilization to support milk production. Clinical milk fever is relatively easy to identify, but subclinical milk fever is a pervasive, and often unrecognized problem. Low calcium impacts muscles, the immune system, and the digestive system. The high prevalence of subclinical ketosis has also gotten a lot of attention in the past few years with the introduction of reliable cow side blood testing capabilities and the recognition of the associated decreased milk production. Today, we have research proven feed additives (ex. negative DCAD, choline) to help alleviate these metabolic issues and provide a good ROI to the farm. 

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