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January Feed News

Jan 04, 2022

Each winter, Premier joins our trade partners to host meetings on beef information to help your herd. This year is NO exception! We’ll be joined by Elanco to discuss feed conversions, Rumensin (a big player over the years in our programs) and the resulting return on investment. We’ll also feature a presentation from Corteva.  

Budget planning

Crop Input Planning and Budgets

Jan 03, 2022

Every year crop input planning and budgeting are important but with the abnormal fluctuation in the prices of your inputs, they are now more important than ever. The Premier Cooperative Team has the tools to work through your budget spreadsheets with you and calculate your breakeven cost per bushel. This will help you develop a crop input plan to meet or exceed your profit goals.   

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Herbicide Shortage - Fact or Fiction?

Jan 03, 2022

We are living in some unprecedented times regarding supply and demand. As many of you know, there has been a considerable amount of press about glyphosate and other CPP product shortages for the 2022 growing season. There are several different factors for the herbicide shortage including a decline in the number of laborers to unload tanker ships at gulf ports, lack of truck transportation from the ports to get the ingredients to U.S. formulation plants and formulated products to the retailers, reduced supplies of some of the inert ingredients of the formulation, shortages of materials to make containers and packaging, and Hurricane Ida that damaged a glyphosate production plant in Luling, LA.   

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January Energy News

Jan 02, 2022

Happy New Year, everybody! I was going to quit all of my old bad habits but then I remembered that nobody likes a quitter. Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional. 

Happy New Year

From the Manager's Desk

Jan 02, 2022

Happy New Year to all of you from the staff at Premier Cooperative and welcome to 2022. I hope everyone was able to slow down over the holidays and spend some much needed time with family and friends. It’s always a little chaotic scheduling and planning for shorter work weeks around the holidays, but also well worth the extra effort once everyone can relax and enjoy their time off. 

Free stall barn

Long Day Lighting

Dec 03, 2021

Photoperiod is the duration of daily light exposure in a 24 hour period.  When the photoperiod has been manipulated to 16-18 hours of light exposure; research has shown an increase in milk production, feed efficiency, reproduction, and heifer growth.

Snowy Propane Tank

December Energy News

Dec 02, 2021

We’re about to go into the heating season. For those of us who live, breathe, and eat propane, this is what we are looking forward to all year. (Disclaimer: We recommend you don’t eat propane.)  All of the trucks are running smoothly and we are fully staffed except for one full time service technician position in Richland Center. If you know someone who is looking for something new or just hitting the job market for the first time, recommend to them that they come in and fill out an application.

Corn

Planning for Profits

Dec 02, 2021

With the 2021 season behind us our thoughts have turned to planning for 2022. Many of you started that thinking process during harvest and decided to buy/book and apply fall fertilizer. In general, fertilizer prices have remained strong throughout the fall with potentially more upside. Some supply concerns have made the news as well. We have worked hard with our suppliers to secure fertilizer tons for the remainder of the fall application season and to fill and re-fill our bins for spring application. Premier’s storage capacity is one of the largest in the area which helps lessen our dependence on shipments in the spring. Working with your local agronomist to plan your needs for spring will help us forecast product amounts and timing of those tons for application in the spring.

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Agronomy Year End Prepay

Dec 02, 2021

Last year we changed up our “Year End Prepay Days” due to the COVID-19 guidance that was in place and went to offering private one on one appointments. These appointments ended up being very efficient and timely for all, giving us time to prepare in advance for the appointment and locking in a time for yourself to help in your day-to-day schedule as well. We have decided to continue with this same layout for our “Year End Prepay Days”. We would like to offer you a window of time between Mid-December and the first week of January toprepay for your 2022 crop inputs. Please call your local agronomy location to schedule a private one on one appointment. We appreciate your business and look forward to meeting with you.  

Merry Christmas

From the Manager's Desk

Dec 01, 2021

In November we held our annual audit and I’m pleased to report that your cooperative had another solid year in 2021. With overall sales at $226 million, led with solid increases in our feed and agronomy divisions, your company was able to post bottom line performance just off the record highs we saw in 2020. While the mild start to last winter impacted the service revenue in our grain department and sales in our propane division, it also allowed our agronomy division to get more product on the fields before winter and helped set the table for a successful 2021 fiscal year. The feed division and Do it Best Hardware and Lumber, as well as ACE Hardware, each saw significant gains again this past year. Convenience stores and auto shops continue to rebound strong from the Covid shut down and grow sales and bottom-line contribution. As a result of this performance, the cash patronage to be returned this next spring will represent about 1.6% of our members’ purchases and total over $2.3 million. Altogether, over the past 10 years, your cooperative has returned over $32 million in cash back to our member-customers! Congratulations to all of you as the members/owners of one of the top performing farm and consumer supply cooperatives in the country. On behalf of the employee team and board of directors, thank you for the tremendous support that has made this possible.

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