July Energy News

Jul 05, 2022

Propane Tank

July 2022.

I hope you were able to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family. I’ve had the opportunity to live in a few different countries and have visited several others. It is my opinion that the U.S.A. is still the best country in the world to live in. 

We’re knee deep in propane contracts as I write this. We’ve seen a super response again this year. My recommendation has always been to lock in your propane price if you’re given the opportunity to do so. If you do that consistently, you will do much better on average than a customer who doesn’t lock their propane price. People who locked in their propane were saving more than a dollar per gallon at the peak this past winter. We are still accepting contracts but the price may have changed. Please call your local Premier Energy office before sending it in. 

According to the Midwest propane inventory report, we are behind last year’s inventory numbers. That could be important if there is a large crop drying load this fall. The last two years have been pretty light. If we have even an average crop drying season in the Midwest this year, it could deplete inventories enough to drive prices up again. Throw a winter vortex in the mix and it could get really ugly. We’ve always been able to get propane when other companies haven’t due to a lot of work that goes into our supply plan. And your finances are safe with us. You’re in good hands. 

The water heater rebate is still going strong. Get a $200 incentive from the Wisconsin Education and Research Council for replacing an existing water heater or installing a water heater in new construction. The replacement or new water heater must be fueled by propane to qualify. Call your local Premier Energy office today to find out more. 

I’m continuing to beat the propane autogas drum. I have averaged 46% fuel cost savings by driving my Ford F150 on propane. Let’s do a little math. With prices at $4.50, that’s a little over $2 per gallon in savings. Your vehicle gets 20 miles per gallon on gasoline. You drive 200 miles a week. That’s 10 gallons of gasoline consumed. $2 per gallon is $20 per week. $20 per week times 52 weeks is $1040 per year. I don’t know about you but I can think of a lot of stuff I can buy with an extra $1040 per year. 

What if you travel somewhere and you can’t find a propane refueler? These systems automatically switch to gasoline if you run out of propane. You just run on gasoline until you can find a refueler. Easy peasy. We have refuelers in Mt. Horeb, Dodgeville, Bloomington and Viroqua. And we’ve got so much propane we’re selling it. 

Thank you for your business. Have a fantastic July. 

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.