From the Manager's Desk

Aug 05, 2022

Tractor Pull

August Update

Although some of our business units at Premier Cooperative such as livestock nutrition, auto & truck repair, and other retail outlets have a more consistent level of year-round sales volume, others such as agronomy, grain, and propane have greater periods of peak demand. As we move into the later part of summer, with the propane heating season and agronomy spring planting now in the rearview mirror, we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel for our fiscal year. While we continue to work through labor challenges, supply chain disruptions, inflationary pressure, geopolitical factors, and market volatility, your cooperative remains on pace to exceed total revenues and net income over the last fiscal year. We look forward to sharing the complete results following our September year-end.

About a year ago we were in the final stages of planning and design for a new dry fertilizer warehouse at our Lancaster Ag Center. Today we have begun receiving product and are now preparing to move operations from our existing 50+ year-old warehouse to the new state of the art facility. The building design and equipment for the new warehouse was carefully planned with safety, speed, and space as top priorities. With approximately four times the storage capacity of the existing warehouse, and capabilities for receiving, blending, and loadout over 200 tons per hour (compared to about 50 tons per hour from the old warehouse), the automation and accuracy of the new plant will require less labor and allow our staff to serve more acres during peak demand. Our team is proud of this new addition and excited to put it to good use serving our producer members across Grant County and beyond. 

On July 29th we hosted the 11th Annual River Rumble tractor and truck pull at Lion’s Park in Mazomanie. Once again, the stands were packed with over 2500 fans of all ages cheering on their favorite pullers. From parking attendants, ticket takers, track graders, pit crew directors and many more, putting on an event like this is no small task. I would like to thank our amazing employee team, volunteer groups, sponsors, and everyone else that chipped in to help make this another successful event.  

With only two months left in our fiscal year, I’d like to thank all of you again for your support. We have a great group of highly trained and dedicated staff to help you in all areas of our company. Our board of directors work hard to provide the vision and tools our team needs to serve you. We will continue to strive to exceed your expectations and we appreciate your feedback in helping us stay ahead of your needs. We will continue to look for new ways to add efficiencies to what we are currently doing and will continue to explore ventures, partnerships and other growth opportunities that can enhance our value to you. As with anything that is constantly moving and adapting, we will run into bumps along the way, but if we all work together (board, employees, and owners/members) we will continue to build the company you will be proud to be owners of and our employees will be proud to be a part of. 

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.