Bats, Lubricants, and Contracts
Apr 03, 2020
April Energy Update
I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy.
The world has changed a lot since the last newsletter. I’m writing this from my office but that may change. I may be writing it from home next time. Or the pandemic may be over. We have to remain flexible.
If you call in for your propane, please closely monitor the amount of fuel in your tanks.
If you run out, we’re required to restart your appliances. Until the pandemic is over, we do not want our employee team entering your homes unless it is absolutely necessary. Please do your part to keep your family and our employee team safe.
In this new environment, I’ve found the time to tackle some projects at home. In the process I found out that I have bats in my attic when one escaped into my living space. When it comes to my fight or flight response, maybe it’s because of my years in the infantry or the fact that I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters, but I’m normally all fight when it comes to a perceived threat. Except when it comes to a bat in the house. Then I’m all flight. I would rather jump headfirst into a pit of vipers. They completely creep me out. Too many horror movies, I guess. Now I have a new project installing bat excluders that will allow them to get out but not get back in. I’m also installing bat houses for them to live in. If they stay out of my house, I promise to stay out of theirs.
a few months ago I was crowing about how we would finally be energy independent in the U.S. in 2020. Now I’m eating crow.
World Oil Markets
It’s a new environment in the energy world also. We’re seeing a lessening of demand because hundreds of millions of people around the world are sheltering in place or being quarantined. We’re also in the middle of a price conflict between Saudi Arabia and Russia designed to drive U.S. oil companies out of business. If you remember a few months ago I was crowing about how we would finally be energy independent in the U.S. in 2020. Now I’m eating crow.
Lubricants for farm equipment
Before the next newsletter comes out, our farmer patrons will be in the fields. If you haven’t ordered your lubricants yet, there’s no time like the present. We offer a full line of high quality Cenex lubricants for any application. We sell it packaged, by the drum or in bulk. Call your local energy office today to place your order.
Propane Contracts are coming!
Our propane contracts will be coming out again in June. Start planning now. I’ve been buying contracts for the next heating season. We will see reasonable contract prices again this year.
Enjoy the time with your families and hopefully we won’t be locked down for the next newsletter. Another two weeks of this and we will be able to tell everyone's true hair color. Thank you for your business.
Is your alfalfa off to a good start for the season? Alfalfa in the area is breaking dormancy right now. Some of what you are seeing greening up in the field is dandelion and not alfalfa plants. It is important to scout your alfalfa fields to make sure the plants are off to a healthy start and that there are enough alfalfa plants there to obtain optimum yield. Other questions and concerns have come up: Will the recent snowfall, frost, and overall cold weather affect alfalfa plants that have already started to green up? Breaking dormancy occurs over a time frame of weeks and is not an instantaneous function.
Weekly ACH Program - I'd like to introduce you to our Weekly Autopay Discount Program. In order to incentivize automatic payments from our members, we have established the following discount program for customers who enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay. Members may enroll their accounts in our weekly ACH autopay at any time. Accounts enrolled in ACH autopay will have their future purchases automatically debited to their bank accounts via ACH (often called e-check) on the Friday following the week of purchase (example below).
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