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Stop Loss of Nitrogen with Spring Applications

Mar 26, 2021

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of using nitrogen stabilizers to protect fall-applied nitrogen over the winter, but did you know that spring nitrogen applications are at risk for loss as well? That’s because the majority of the nitrogen that is applied at planting is not going to be taken up by the plant until about 60 days later. If that nitrogen converts to nitrate before the crop is able to use it, it can be lost. It often becomes a race between the nitrate leaching and the growth rate of the plant’s roots. In a wet year, nitrate is more likely to reach the tile lines before the plant has a chance to take it up. Stabilizing nitrogen helps keep it in ammonium form longer, which greatly reduces the risk of leaching. That helps protect your nitrogen investment and improves your return on investment potential and yields..

Emerging Corn Plant

Maximize Nutrient Applications

Mar 26, 2021

As a producer, you want to get the absolute most out of your nutrient applications. Adding in AMS or Toggle can help you accomplish this. 

Alfalfa Field

5 Products to Enhance Your Alfalfa Yield Potential

Mar 24, 2021

Enhancing your alfalfa yield potential is easier now with the addition of several new tools. Make sure you check the basics first; soil pH, phosphorus (P), Potassium (K), and Sulfur (S). These 5 yield enhancing products and tools work great when you have your soil fertility foundation built.

Forage Sorghum

Forage Alternative For Alfalfa Winterkill or Saturated Ground

Mar 23, 2021

Each spring farmers face different challenges. One challenge is alfalfa failing to over winter, and another is wet acres. The answer to both of these challenges is forage sorghums. 

Mini Bulk System

Premier Cooperative Mini Bulk System

Mar 16, 2021

Premier co-op's mini bulk system is perfect for anyone tired of throwing around 50lbs bags of feed. The system is a refillable mini bulk bin that uses 2,000 lb tote bags that are cut in using a built in cutter. It is perfect for mineral, pellet and textured feeds.

Dairy cows

Mitigating Volatile Markets on your Dairy Farm

Mar 15, 2021

This last year has brought out the most volatile times that any of us in the business of milking cows, processing milk, selling food, manufacturing feed or providing nutrition services have witnessed so far in our careers. I’ve spent 27 years as nutrition consultant to farms and this past year witnessed some things for the first time, along with market instability getting more volatile with quicker peaks and valley’s than ever before. We saw dumping milk in manure pits with no demand, and then 3 months later record prices for milk.  We saw $2 and some odd cent corn in August and now we are pushing $6 corn.  $290 soybean meal in August to now over $500 a ton. I could go on and on with other ingredient disruptions, erratic prices and limited or no availability as those are just the beginning. I’d like to think that we won’t see this again but these times might be here to stay.  How does your farm handle this volatility?  I don’t think there is a magic answer in how we manage this, however, there are multiple tools available that we can use to help mitigate the variables.   

High Octane Supplements

Take the High Octane Supplement Challenge

Mar 15, 2021

Let Premier Cooperative help you get the winning edge in your next 4-H show project with Purina® High Octane® supplements. The experts in show nutrition think this line of supplements will give your project the winning edge. Each of our supplements has a different use and benefit for your animal. They may need more muscle, more cover, more shape, or more depth of body. Whatever adjustment you need to make to your show project to get into the winner’s circle, we have got something in our toolbox for you.

Propane Tank at Sunset

What Causes Price Spikes?

Mar 05, 2021

In good old Midwestern fashion, February threw us a winter curve ball. Our nice and mild temperatures dropped drastically and had our furnaces running around the clock to catch up. Typically, winter brings a strain on propane supply as usage increases (that’s why we have you fill out your yearly contracts in the summer). What’s not so typical is for the entire United States to go through cold spells across the board.   Propane is created as a byproduct of refining processes. With Texas’ electric failure, nearly 2/3 of refining capabilities were cut off in the state at the same time as demand was high around the nation. As any economics teacher worth their salt would tell you, when you have less supply and more demand, price goes up. In this case we saw an impressive 50 cent swing almost overnight.    Your cooperative has so many options to keep you and and your family protected against these events. Keep up to date on our Facebook and Website pages to learn more this spring!

Grain Bins

Are We Entering Another Commodity Super-Cycle?

Mar 05, 2021

Join Compeer Financial and Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist at StoneX, for a live webinar series as he shares first-hand perspective on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the market. He will provide unique insight on global macro-economic trends and what it means for the commodities market.

Cow and Calf

Prepping for Calving Season

Mar 04, 2021

As beef cattle producers calving season is one of the most anticipated times of the year but can also be one of the most stressful times burdened by cold, late nights checking cows. Although many of our seedstock operators have been through the rush of their calving season many of Wisconsin’s commercial cattleman are just getting prepared. Now is the time to make sure your team and facilities are adequately prepared to ensure a smooth calving season. 

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