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Micronutrient Deficiency

Micronutrients Aren't Optional

Jun 07, 2021

When you hear the word “micro,” what comes to mind? Do you immediately think “inconsequential,” “insignificant” or “nonessential”? If so, you may assume that micronutrients are an optional component of your plant nutrition program. But that’s not the case. Micronutrients are needed in smaller quantities compared to macronutrients, but their importance on plant nutrition for your corn and soybean crops can’t be overstated.

Dairy Cow

Dairy Financial Drivers

Jun 03, 2021

There is no question that the state of the dairy industry, as it has been since my time began at Premier in 2017, has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. While there are plenty of moving parts not in a consultant’s or producer’s control, there are still several ways to improve profitability on our dairies today.

Frost Damaged Corn

Assessing Frost Damage

Jun 02, 2021

Frost has speckled a few areas of the across the northern Midwest this weekend. Fortunately, most of the corn has the growing point below ground and soybeans are either not planted or they have not emerged. However, some of the Midwest, these crops are at more susceptible stages for injury. Frost issues create a number of grower questions as to their effect on emerged corn and soybeans. The following may help answer some of these questions.

Propane Contracts

June Energy News

Jun 02, 2021

June is Dairy Month. It’s also propane contracting month at Premier Cooperative. Anyone eligible for a propane contract should receive them by the third week in June. Considering gasoline prices are up $1.50 per gallon over last year, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the propane price. It will be up over last year but it is still very reasonable in relation to gasoline. If you’ve used an average of over 400 gallons the last two years, you should receive a contract this month. Contracts will be due June 29th. 

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Protect Plants From Stress with Biostimulants

Jun 02, 2021

During the lifespan of a crop, it’s faced with numerous stressors that can chip away at yield. So what can you do to protect plants from stress? It starts with keeping crops healthy from day one with good management practices. Toggle® is a biostimulant fertilizer used in corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops. It’s derived from seaweed and enhances root growth, promotes synthesis of antioxidants and improves photosynthesis by increasing chlorophyll production in plants. 

June Dairy Month

From the Manager's Desk

Jun 01, 2021

A couple of weeks ago we finished mailing out our annual cash patronage and equity redemption checks. As I have in past years, I had the pleasure of rewarding a few of our longtime producer members with their equity redemption checks. These are always special to hand out in person because they represent the eligible equity typically accumulated in one of the former cooperatives that became part of Premier over the years. In some cases, they are quite surprised to receive the old eligible equity, and some are even more surprised by the amounts. 

Emerging Corn Plant

The Big 5 This June

Jun 01, 2021

As we progress thru the growing season, we are entering a period of time that making correct agronomic decision can have great impact on your ending yields this fall. Stress as we know it is often not a good thing. How to mitigate that for your crops is key. Looking ahead to the coming month there can be decisions to help decrease stress. I am going to call it “The Big 5” for the month of June.

Corn Leaves

Get the Most Coverage from your Fungicide

May 25, 2021

Fungicide Warranty Program - There is tremendous uncertainty in the response of fungicide applications. Applying fungicide to your corn acres is a big investment and the results from the Answer Plot® program showed an average of 5.6 to 40.4-bushel-per-acre yield response, depending on the hybrid. At $3 corn, this is a $104 range of outcomes. At the top end of this range, you’re making out like a bandit, but at the bottom end of this range, you’re not even covering your cost of application. In the past, you would have no option, but to shoulder all this risk.

Aerial Spraying Corn

Get Money Back if You Don't Hit 105% of Your APH

May 25, 2021

Fungicide Warranty Program - There is tremendous uncertainty in the response of fungicide applications. Applying fungicide to your corn acres is a big investment and the results from the Answer Plot® program showed an average of 5.6 to 40.4-bushel-per-acre yield response, depending on the hybrid. At $3 corn, this is a $104 range of outcomes. At the top end of this range, you’re making out like a bandit, but at the bottom end of this range, you’re not even covering your cost of application. In the past, you would have no option, but to shoulder all this risk.

Beef calf

Have No Doubt If There's A Drought

May 19, 2021

Conditions have been very favorable for a successful calving season this year. Not having to battle mud and the associated challenges that present themselves when we calve in wet, damp, cold environments can lead to some benefits. However, our mindset will soon shift as concerns of plentiful precipitation, pasture quality and longevity may be of greater concern. This month we take a look at a few decision-making opportunities when our region is challenged with drought conditions.

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