November Energy News

Nov 07, 2022

Propane Tank

November 2022.

I hope you get the chance to get outside in November. By the time I write the next newsletter, we could see below zero temperatures. Or it could be 70 degrees outside. You just never know. You gotta love Wisconsin. If you don’t like the weather, wait a day.

With cooler weather on the horizon, now is the time to button up your house. I live in a drafty old farm house so I’ve got weather stripping to put in and window plastic to put up. I probably should have done it already as I now have quite a collection of multicolored Asian lady beetles in my house. I don’t know why they call them lady beetles. There’s nothing ladylike about those biting, smelly little monsters. If you need bug spray or window plastic to keep the critters out and to keep the heat in, we sell both at our hardware stores in Mt. Horeb and Westby. 

While you’re sealing up your house, be sure to check your furnace exhaust to make sure it’s clear of obstructions. If you heat with propane, now is the time to mark underground tanks with a flag or stick that will be above the snow line so the delivery personnel can find them. And if you have an aboveground tank that is in an area prone to a lot of drifting, marking it above the highest snow level that you’ve seen would be helpful as well. Pick up any debris that are a fall, trip or shin cracking hazard between the driveway and the tank. Sheets of tin on the ground are one of the worst hazards out there. 2 inches of snow and a sheet of tin lying on the ground is a recipe for disaster. That’s a trip none of us would like to take, pun intended.

Your propane regulators on your house or other building should also be clear of debris. A pile of leaves under the regulator could cause the vent to freeze, most likely at 9 pm on Christmas Eve. The regulator vent (on the bottom of the regulator) should be a minimum of 12 inches above the ground. If it’s not, give your local Premier Propane location a call so that we can install it at the proper height. 

If you are a will call customer, be sure to contact us when your propane reaches 30% so that we can work your delivery in with our route deliveries. Did you know that you can now order your propane online? Simply go to, click on ‘member login’, enter your password and then click the ‘submit’ button. Click on ‘energy order’ and then ‘place order’ on the tank you choose. We’ll ask you for your email address, phone number, your percent full, whether you want the tank filled (please click yes), any comments you may have and then hit ‘submit delivery request’. You’ll get an email confirmation that we’ve received your order and we’ll take it from there. If you call in for your propane, please consider being a route customer. It’s better for all of us.

If you are going to or have recently installed a propane water heater, there is a $200 incentive available from the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council. Contact your local Premier Propane office for more information on how to apply. You know how good you feel when you find a dollar in your clothes dryer? Multiply that feeling by 200.  

Happy Veterans Day to all of my fellow veterans out there. No matter what service you were in or where you served, it was important. Remember the good times and give that old buddy you haven’t heard from in a while a call. Thank you for your service.

If you’re a deer hunter, good luck with your hunt and try not to shoot your eye out. I hope all of our customers have a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your business.   

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.

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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.