May Energy News

May 05, 2022

Propane Construction

May 2022.

Yay for May! It sure feels good to get outside without all of the heavy winter accoutrements. Tennis shoes and shorts will soon be the normal outerwear but I’m not sure if the world is ready to see my milky white legs just yet. In other news, this month my mother Doris will turn 93. But don’t tell anyone. That will be our little secret. 

Commodity volatility seems to be the norm now. Crude oil prices are up and down and all around. If you’re still thinking about locking in a diesel price for your farm, I can’t tell you what the price will be tomorrow but I know what it is today. If you need piece of mind to know what you’re paying for your diesel, lock in a contract. There are a lot of ‘experts’ who are making predictions but they are little more than educated guesses. Supply and demand we can all understand. (Hey, that rhymes!) But geopolitical events make the energy markets impossible to read with any certainty.

Before you plant that new tree, shrub or flowers, or do any excavation for that matter, please call the Digger’s Hotline by dialing 811. According to 1300Locate, in the last 20 years utility hits have resulted in $1.7 billion in property damage, 1,906 injuries and 421 deaths. Please don’t be a statistic. One thing you should know about Digger’s Hotline is that it is a free service but they will only mark the utilities coming into your property. They typically will not mark non-utility installed electric, phone, cable or propane lines. But we’ll mark your propane tank at no charge. All you have to do is call your local Premier energy office. Ask us to mark your propane line or you may have to make that embarrassing call to us to let us know you’ve cut your line. If you cut the line, please shut the tank off before you call. 

Since we’re now into warmer weather, our employees will be out installing tanks and propane lines. We’ll also be performing leak tests on propane systems and checking regulator dates. If your propane regulator is over 25 years old, IT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. For the sake of your family’s safety, if we bring it to your attention, please have us replace it.

In June we’ll be mailing our annual propane contracts out. You should see them hit your mailbox about mid-month and please return them by the due date. Like I tell folks every year, if we offer you a chance to contract your propane, do it. Most years contracting pays off, sometimes quite nicely. And don’t wait to send in your contract after the due date or the price may be higher as has happened the last two years. Plan to add at least another 30% to what you paid for your contract last year. 

The Propane Education and Research Council is still offering a $200 rebate on new propane water heaters. We can help you get the rebate and we will also do a free leak check on your propane system to make sure it is safe. You need to let us know every time you replace a propane appliance so that we can do a leak check on your system. It is a requirement in the state of Wisconsin but it is also just plain common sense. 

I was at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Madison yesterday getting my Army Retiree ID card. As I was waiting for my appointment in the lobby, my eyes wandered over the bronze plaques with the names and ranks of Wisconsin residents who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. I recognized several of the names of friends and acquaintances. I thought about how fortunate many of us were to have survived to enjoy our lives and I wondered how theirs would have turned out had theirs not been taken from them. On Memorial Day, please take a moment to respect the sacrifice of the men and women who have fallen in service to this country and to the families they left behind.   

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.