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New growth after frost damage in corn

Interactive Alfalfa Maturity Map

Apr 27, 2021

There is an optimum time to harvest alfalfa based off on the maturity and height of the plant. Once the maturity and height of plant is captured, feed value can be predicted.

Alfalfa Field

Alfalfa Seeding Date Recommendations

Mar 31, 2021

Many times producers will plant alfalfa early out of convenience. But, planting alfalfa later has its benefits and may lead to more success on your farm.

Alfalfa growth stages

Winter Damaged Alfalfa Management

Mar 31, 2021

A question producers have every year is “How is the alfalfa going to over winter?” We had a lot of conditions that warrant the concern, but now is where the rubber hits the road and decisions will be made.

Alfalfa in Hand

Tips for a Robust Alfalfa Crop

Mar 31, 2021

As we round the corner on winter, spring alfalfa planting is just around the corner. Here are some key strategies and tips our Premier Cooperative forage team recommends for success in the next few weeks as you plan for the upcoming season.


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.

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.

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.

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.   

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