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Use technology tools to support in-season decision-making​. 

Nov 15, 2021

Making good seed decisions starts with leveraging the data that’s best suited for your operation. Ideally, this means fusing national data with highly localized data from your region or your farm specifically. ​Although you never know what the season will bring, the highest odds of success come from managing the seed as recommended.

cattle in harvested field

Fall Beef Herd Tips

Nov 03, 2021

Pasture conditions are variable in southwest Wisconsin this fall, and how you manage this with your cows can have an impact on winter-feeding costs and cow performance next year. What are some things to assess right now?

Fall Propane Tank

November Energy News

Nov 02, 2021

I surely do enjoy this time of year. After a summer of high temperatures, I appreciate the cooler weather that fall brings. Harvest is going on and the leaf colors are really beautiful this time of year. Now is the time of year deer throw caution to the wind during the rut. Be careful that the amorous bucks don’t run themselves or one of their sweethearts into the path of your vehicle.  

Give thanks

From the Manager's Desk

Nov 01, 2021

It would be difficult to turn on the evening news or glance at the latest top stories on your phone without seeing the headlines of supply chain issues. While the news stories and images of container ships backed up off the ports on the west coast are all recent, anyone that is involved with purchasing inventory for a business would tell you the issues have been here long before the news outlets began covering the stories or our elected officials started demanding actio

Colostrum unit

DIY Colostrum Thawing & Heating Unit

Oct 06, 2021

As producers are beginning to focus a lot more on their calf health, lowering excess heifer numbers and raising only what they need for replacements, I have been asked a lot about how to properly store, warm, and feed colostrum.  Refrigerating or freezing excess high-quality colostrum (greater than 22% Brix reading) is a great way to ensure each newborn calf receives this vital nutrition at birth.  Because high temperatures can destroy immunoglobulins (IgGs) and other nutrients, colostrum should be carefully thawed and warmed before feeding it to the calf.  Producers can easily build their own colostrum thawing and heating unit to accomplish this task.

cattle in harvested field

Energy or protein, do you know what you need?

Oct 06, 2021

  Harvest is in full swing and soon mother nature will be presenting us with colder temperatures and the white stuff we all have grown to have a love-hate relationship with as livestock producers. With these changes also comes a change in how we manage our beef cattle, transitioning from stored pasture forage to perhaps grazing of corn fodder to feeding of stored feeds.


October Grain Update

Oct 05, 2021

Harvest is here. As we are in another busy season, I will keep this short with a few policies and reminders. First, please ensure accuracy at the scale by having drivers check tickets for the correct customer name and disposition of the ticket. If sold at the scale, it will be marked with “Cash” and a price in the top right corner of the ticket. If being applied to a contract or stored, it will be marked with “ETD”, which means Extended Time to Decide. Extended Time to Decide allows you 7 days to choose what to do with your grain. Second, you have the option to defer payment until January 2022, but please let us know this before hauling. Third, all trucks or wagons used to haul treated seed should be completely cleaned out. One kernel can lead to problems for both parties. Last, please drive slowly and be safe around our grain plants. With extra people and vehicles moving around our facilities, additional caution goes a long way. Happy Harvest!

New Construction Propane

October Energy News

Oct 05, 2021

In last month’s newsletter, I talked about trying to cram as much summer fun into September as possible. That’s what I did. I visited a few national parks out west and hung out with some friends who live in Montana and South Dakota. If you think our gasoline prices are high here, you should see the prices out west. The average price I paid for gasoline on this trip was $3.36 per gallon. And that’s where a lot of the oil wells are. Wow.

Corn at harvest

From the Manager's Desk

Oct 01, 2021

With harvest well underway in many parts of our trade area, our employee team is gearing up and ready to serve our members during the next two seasonal rushes your cooperative experiences each year—grain rush and propane heating season. Our grain plants located in Mineral Point, Mazomanie, Richland Center, Westby, and now Hazel Green, are anxiously awaiting this year’s crop. With the near-term weather forecast calling for warm temps and very little chance for rain into the first few weeks of October, this year’s harvest could be setting up like 2020. An early and dry harvest not only saves on the cost to store this year’s grain, but also helps get a jump on the 2022 growing season. Soil sampling, fertilizer applications, and more that we can get done in the fall will help free up valuable resources for an unpredictable spring planting season.  


Fall Armyworm

Sep 23, 2021

Fall Armyworms have begun to make an appearance in alfalfa fields in Southwestern Wisconsin, Northeast Iowa, and Northern Illinois. Fall armyworms range in size large to small, so feeding will continue for some time yet.  Small worms (the size of pencil lead) can feed for another 10-15 days especially in cooler temperatures.  In final worm growth stage, (size of pencil eraser) this is the most destructive stage … they can destroy and consume a lot of alfalfa very quickly.   Here's what to know:   

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