From the Manager's Desk

Jul 05, 2022

Premier Employees

June Update

I hope everyone had the chance to enjoy the Independence Day holiday with family and friends. With the holiday falling on Monday this year, most of us were able to enjoy a nice three-day holiday weekend. Thanks to all of you who called in your orders early so our staff could wrap up the week on time and enjoy the weekend and help minimize the added pressure that the short following week brings. I’d also like to thank all of you who returned your propane contracts by the end of June. With a short window of when contracts are mailed to when they are due back, we really appreciate your patience and support. If reading this reminded you that your contract is still sitting on the kitchen table, just pick up the phone and call the energy office nearest to you. I’m sure we’ll be able to take care of you. The last of the propane contracts (Cap renewals) and safety mailings will be sent out later this month. On behalf of our energy team and everyone at your cooperative, thank you for choosing us to serve your propane needs again this year.

While the June Dairy Month celebrations will have ended, many of the local and county fairs will just be getting started. Again, this year Premier’s feed and agronomy divisions will be recognizing the hard work of our member’s kids by awarding up to $50 to each of these participants as a token of appreciation for their commitment to animal agriculture. By providing each youth with the opportunity to receive something, we’ve rewarded thousands of kids with well over $100,000 since we started this program in 2002. Get details from your Premier Livestock Nutritionist or check out our Facebook page and website for submitting your photos and how to claim your child’s reward. Don’t forget, if your animal needs that little extra shine to prep for their big day, stop by either our Mineral Point or Westby locations for the best show feeds and supplies on the market. Congratulations to the participants and good luck at the fair this year. 

The month of July will be busy with agronomy plot and educational events, as well as Premier’s “River Rumble” tractor pull on July 29th. The agronomy plots offer an excellent opportunity for our staff to receive hands-on training with products and services that will have the greatest impact on conditions that are happening in the field today. From mid-season nitrogen applications and insect or weed pressure options to calculating the return on investment of fungicide applications, your agronomists have been armed with the latest tools and techniques to help you maximize your profit this fall. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of the excellent Premier agronomists near you for more information or to schedule a private tour of an Answer Plot near you.

As we enter the last few months of our fiscal year, I’d like to thank all of you who have kept your charge account at the cooperative within our credit terms. I can’t stress enough how important it is to your company that all the previous month’s charges are paid in full by the end of the month after they purchased. It’s the cash flow we depend on to pay our suppliers, make payroll, and reinvest in your cooperative. I understand that it takes a lot of work to keep your account current, and it is very much appreciated. Have a great month.

Matt Severson


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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.