June Energy News

Jun 01, 2022

Propane Contracts

June 2022.

June is going to be a busy month for your energy division. Farmers have been in the fields planting their crops so they can continue to feed the world. Our refined fuels staff have been delivering a lot of diesel over the last month to those farmers. Our propane folks have been busy delivering, trenching in propane lines and installing tanks while preparing propane contracts and safety mailings to send to our customers. 
Propane contracts will be mailed the 10th of June and the due date is June 29th. Please be sure to mail them in as soon as you get them. Don’t let them gather dust in your inbox. Contract prices are of course higher this year but one gallon of propane is around half the price of a gallon of gasoline. Propane is still a bargain compared to other sources of heat.

If you’re looking for ways to cut your driving expenses, propane is an excellent alternative. There are $4500 in incentives available to convert vehicles to run on propane. After conversion, these vehicles can run on propane or gasoline, so if you go on a long trip you can drive on gasoline if you can’t find a place to refuel on propane. I have saved over $12,000 in fuel costs on my personal pickup since I installed my conversion kit in 2016 and the savings are continuing. 

Why propane autogas? According to Alliance Autogas:

  • Economical: Over a vehicle’s lifetime, autogas is better for every line on the budget sheet because it is a clean-burning alternative fuel that doesn’t require the same expensive repairs and replacement parts compared to other fuel vehicles.Convenient: Propane autogas is an abundant fuel that is domestically produced in America, which reduces our dependence on foreign oil and creates energy security throughout our country.  
  • Clean & Green: Autogas is an approved, alternative clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and National Energy Policy act of 1992. It is composed of three parts carbon and eight parts hydrogen making it a highly efficient, low carbon producing fuel. As a result, it is a safer, less expensive alternative fuel with fewer emissions than gasoline, diesel and other alternatives.
  • Safe: Autogas is nontoxic, nonpoisonous, not a groundwater contaminant, and has the lowest flammability range of any alternative fuel as well as gasoline. Made from high carbon steel, autogas vehicle tanks are 20 times more puncture resistant than conventional plastic gasoline tanks.  
  • Innovative Tech: Propane autogas is changing the future for fleets and raising the bar for what it means to be a clean fuel. New innovations, including renewable propane technology and an ultra-low NOx (nitrogen oxide) engine are game-changers in the industry and are pushing toward near-zero emissions.

If you’d like to learn more about propane autogas, please contact Addison Arndt at the Richland Center Energy office. 

The Propane Education and Research Council’s water heater rebate is still going strong. If you’ve recently installed or are in the process of installing a new propane water heater, contact your local Premier Energy office to find out how you can earn a $200 rebate.

June is Dairy Month. Get out to your nearest Breakfast on the Farm in June to help support the dairy industry, learn more about agriculture and have fun at the same time. If you’d like to volunteer to work one of these events, you can find contacts online. Thank you for the business and your support of the dairy industry.  

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!
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.