Co-op News > January 2021
Corn Leaves

Protect Yourself From the "Billion Dollar Pest"

Jan 27, 2021

5 Steps in Controlling Corn Rootworm --  Called the “billion dollar pest” due to its mass destruction of valuable crops, corn rootworm continues to spread rapidly across the Midwest. The problem is compounded in the northern Corn Belt, where there are large populations of northern corn rootworm and the more destructive western corn rootworm is showing some resistance.

Grain Bin

Forward Contracting

Jan 25, 2021

Market In the past few months, we have seen rising corn and soybean prices due to reductions in crop size and tightening carryout numbers. This has presented us with selling opportunities that we have not seen in 5-7 years. As we focus on marketing the 2020 crop, we would encourage you to also look at the 2021 crop. Using your own farm’s projected costs and historic/projected yield information, there may be profitable opportunities to forward contract a portion of your expected crop. The first step in this is calculating costs, which can be helped by a simple Excel spreadsheet template that Premier can send you to customize for yourself. Contact Jory Bossuyt at our Westby location at 608-308-4889 or use the form below to send an email for more information. While we are not certain what prices will do going forward, if it makes sense for your operation to start forward contracting, we are happy to assist.

Dairy Calves

Biome Boost Promotion

Jan 25, 2021

Premier Cooperative has a NEW & IMPROVED calf feed lineup featuring Biome Boost; an exclusive calf feed technology to support the microbiome of the calf. As a part of this new feed lineup, Premier is running the following promotion: 

Waterhemp in Soybeans

The First Step in Fighting the War Against Weeds

Jan 18, 2021

Selecting varieties is one of the first decision you make for each growing season. In previous years, the most important factors that came to mind were yield, maturity, disease package and lodging potential. This year, a new factor rises to the top…herbicide traits. According to Wisconsin Weed Science, there have been 20 unique cases of herbicide resistance in the state spread across 13 different weed species and 6 herbicide sites of action.

Diesel Tank

Diesel Contracting

Jan 13, 2021

‘Tis the season for diesel contracting!  Diesel market volatility is one of the largest unknowns that producers and organizations face. The capture of a single oil tanker or an OPEC disagreement can cause massive price swings, leaving those of us in the Midwest reeling. If we learned anything last year, it’s that prices can change on a dime and leave us wondering what might come next.  Energy trends continue to be bullish as we head into a new administration and as vaccinations continue to roll out worldwide. Though we can never be absolutely certain, we are seeing indicators that price will continue to rise over historic lows seen last summer.Your cooperative offers contracting options to help weather the uncertainty. Whether you are simply looking to lock in a price for your yearly gallons to build a better budget or wanting to hedge risk with piecemeal contracts in the hope of a summer price swing, we can help you find a solution best suited for your needs.Contact me at the information below to learn more!

Treated Seed

Jump-Start Your Yield Potential

Jan 12, 2021

Syngenta Thrive 2020 By Darci Maulsby Additions by Ken Jahnke Set your sights on high yields with the decisions made during planning and planting. Here are the seven top tips for starting the 2021 crop strong:1. Select seed to match your needs. Don’t focus exclusively on seedling vigor and yield potential. Economics are tight, but you need to plant the right traits that put you in a favorable position for success. The right traits for your needs are a powerful tool in your toolbox.

Dairy Cow

Managing Mycotoxins in Feed for Dairy Cattle

Jan 04, 2021

Growing conditions during the crop year often leave cattle feeders and nutritionists concerned for mold and yeast growth on corn and other grains throughout most of the Corn belt. The 2020 growing and harvest season seemed to be an improvement over the last three years, but there are still pockets of the region that are experiencing challenges with mycotoxins. Simply observing mold on corn does not mean that mycotoxins are present. A first but important step is to identify the main types of molds and yeast  present. Identification of the potential mycotoxins in the feed is important when formulating a plan for minimizing the effects on cattle. 

Propane Snow

2021 Energy

Jan 02, 2021

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and that 2021 finds you well and in good spirits. It’s kind of nice to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. Have you decided on your new year’s resolution(s) yet? My resolution is to make better bad decisions. Here’s to 2021! Let’s start 2021 off right and talk about safety. Remember that if you replace a propane appliance such as ranges, ovens, water heaters, clothes dryers or furnaces, you are required by law to call your propane supplier so that they can perform a leak test and inspection of the work. If you have replaced a propane appliance and haven’t yet had it tested, call your local Premier Energy location today. We have found leaks in the piping as well as the new appliance itself. The same goes for change of occupancy. If you have moved into a home recently and get your propane from us, call us for a leak test.    

From the Manager's Desk

Jan 01, 2021

By the time you receive this newsletter, Premier Cooperative will be entering its 128th year. Your cooperative is recognized as the oldest farm and consumer supply cooperative in the United States. In 2006, the U.S. census data listed 6,022,000 firms in the United States. Of those 6 million, only 540 were over 100 years old. That’s about 1 in every 11,151 businesses. Congratulations for being part of the current generation of members and owners of one of the oldest companies in the U.S.

Hand holding alfalfa

Managing Your Alfalfa's Healthy Start Begins Now

Dec 21, 2020

Alfalfa Performance Starts With Disease Protection. A strong start to your alfalfa stand is important. The soil environment that alfalfa is seeded into can mean success or failure for the stand. Management practices like seedbed preparation and soil fertility, can influence stand establishment. Soil borne diseases in the upper Midwest like Aphanomyces root rot and Anthracnose can also have a serious impact on your stand establishment and alfalfa productivity.