January '23 Energy News

Jan 04, 2023

Winter Propane

January 2023.

Welcome to 2023. Please keep your legs and arms inside the ride at all times. I wish you all good health and prosperity.

Will call propane customers, please call in your propane orders when the tank gauge reads 30%. This will allow us to get to all of our customers in an efficient, timely manner. 

We’ve changed our computerized routing system and we’ve been tweaking it to maximize our delivery personnel’s efficiency. If you are on our route delivery system, please be patient. The majority of our tanks have monitors on them so that we know how much propane is in your tank. We will get to you. You may see your propane level get below 20%. Don’t be alarmed. On a 500 gallon tank, that means there are 100 gallons left. Most houses go through 5 to 7 gallons of propane per day. That means you’ve still got 10 days to 2 weeks of propane left in your tank. 

The Propane Education and Research Council is still offering incentives for the installation of propane water heaters. It can be either new construction or a replacement. The incentive amount is $300. Get in touch with your local energy office to learn more. 

If you’re interested in learning how to convert your gasoline vehicle to run on propane as well, there are some pretty hefty incentives available. Typical conversions run about $8,000 and as of the first of the year we are able to get you $5,500 in incentives. I’ve saved over $13,000 in fuel costs since converting my Ford F150 to run on propane. Another plus of this type of conversion is that if you go on a trip somewhere and don’t have access to propane, you can still run your vehicle on gasoline. If you run out of propane it automatically switches back to gasoline. The control beeps at you to let you know it happened but there is no change in performance. 

Propane supplies look pretty good this winter in the U.S. We’ve made it through one cold snap relatively unscathed but I’m sure Mother Nature has a few more tricks up her sleeve. We’ll see what that does to the U.S. propane supply.  

Are you interested in locking in your farm diesel price for 2023? One thing contracting will do for you is lock in your price so that you have a good idea of what your inputs will be. Will it save you money? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. You need to decide if that is the right decision for your operation. If you’d like to learn more about contracting your diesel, please call your local energy office or call Addison at 608.479.1357. If you’re serviced out of our Westby location, please ask for Greg Pedretti at 608.634.3184.

If you enjoy winter sports, I hope we keep a bit of snow cover and temps don’t get too crazy one way or the other. If you’re a snow bird, enjoy your time down south and we’ll see you next spring. Thank you for your business. 

Tim Lease

Division Manager

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Mar 03,2023
With spring just around the corner, your cooperative is gearing up for another one of our seasonal rushes…spring planting season. Not only will we see our total employee count peak for the year, but nearly every asset in the company will be in use. While many businesses have equipment and buildings that are in use all year long, our grain and agronomy divisions have millions of dollars invested in some assets that only get used for a few months out of the year. It is critical that these assets are fully operational and ready to go when the season starts. Our agronomy operations team has spent the winter months going through all the equipment to make sure it's in good working order, unwrapping and greasing up the new sprayers, trucks and other equipment we’ve purchased this year, updating technology and precision tools on existing equipment, and conducting hours of training on its use and safety. 

In addition, the crop advisors and admin staff have been putting the finishing touches on crop plans and seed orders, wrapping up input financing and nutrient management plans, hiring and training new staff including college interns to help scout fields, and maybe taking a little time away to get rested for what is sure to be long days and short nights ahead. If you’re still looking to finalize plans for this planting season, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our highly trained crop advisors.

Gearing up for spring is not only about the equipment, but also the additional staff needed to provide the products and services our members rely on to help feed the world. Each year we try to fill about 100 full and part time positions at our eleven agronomy locations. These positions can last from six weeks up to eight months. Most seasonal positions involve delivering product to our members or directly to fields to keep our custom application machines running smoothly. If you or someone you know is interested in seasonal or year-round employment, please contact Shayla at our Mt Horeb office or stop by one of the agronomy locations. The hours can be flexible and available up to seven days a week. If agronomy work isn’t for you, ask about openings at any of our other locations including retail associates, plant operations, truck drivers, administrative professionals and more. Premier is always looking to add quality people to our team.

Thank you for your continued support of Premier Cooperative and its staff. Have a great month and stay safe!
Mar 03,2023
Cattle nutrient requirements can vary by season and stage of production. Now is a great time to evaluate your cattle mineral programs and map out a plan to maximize impact.

While minerals are a relatively small portion of the diet, they control many vital functions in cattle and impact everything from cattle reproduction to feed efficiency and overall herd health. That's why it’s so important to make sure the mineral needs of your cattle are being met year-round.
Mar 03,2023
I know many of you have plans in place for a spring burndown herbicide application. If not, here are a few reasons for you to get in contact with your Premier agronomist to do so. Spring burndown applications typically target winter annuals and perennial grasses that overwinter and resume growing as soon as temperatures warm in the spring.  As they get going in the field they immediately begin stealing water and nutrients from the soil, and can create planting challenges. With the onset of resistant weeds like waterhemp, and standby challenges like giant ragweed, it is a best practice recommendation to add a strong residual herbicide to your preplant spring burndown application.  Doing so helps keep populations down and gets ahead of your first early post application. Here are some tips for establishing clean fields that give your crop a strong start.