August Energy News

Aug 05, 2022

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August 2022.

Summer is winding down. I hope you all were able to take that vacation you were looking forward to or you were able make use of the nice weather to partake in cookouts and family gatherings. Enjoy it while you can. 

It’s not quite time to batten down the hatches for winter but be sure to plan ahead for it. If we offered you a chance to lock in your propane price for the winter and you haven’t yet, it may not be too late. Give your local Premier Energy location a call and see what the rates are for next winter before sending your contract in. 

Although prices are higher than last year, propane supplies have not been building as rapidly as we would hope due to the increase in propane exports. Business 101 says if there is low supply and high demand, prices will increase. If there is a strong crop drying demand for propane we could see some pretty unhealthy price spikes this fall. A colder than normal winter would have the same effect. Don’t forget the Polar Vortex we experienced in 2014. That really spiked propane prices. The war in Europe (I never thought I’d say that in my lifetime) could end tomorrow but even if it did I don’t feel it will help increase our domestic supply of propane. I may be one fry short of a Happy Meal and I have eaten a few crayons in my life, but I will always lock in my propane price.

If you’re installing a new propane water heater the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council has a $200 rebate available for you. That includes new construction. Call your local Premier Energy location for information or visit the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association website. I’m the president of  WiPERC and it’s been such a successful program for Wisconsin consumers that I’m going to lead the charge to renew it again for the coming year. 

According to Wisconsin Statutes, any time you replace a propane appliance you are required to let us know so that we can do a leak test on your entire propane system. That includes appliances such as ranges, clothes dryers, furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces or any other appliance hooked to your propane system. If you remove an appliance, make sure we test and inspect your propane system so that we can document that it was done correctly. 

Enjoy the rest of summer and 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!
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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.
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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.