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Grain Bin

Market Update

May 03, 2021

We are entering an exciting season in the grain markets. Today’s prices are providing some great contracting opportunities for your 2021 crop. We have seen many producers contract a portion of their new crop corn and soybeans on the way up throughout this rally, and I would encourage all to make a plan and set selling goals prior to harvest. Whether that is selling a portion of your production today or having targets in mind, it is typically better to have a plan and be prepared. As the weather and other factors impacting prices change, so can your plan. 

From the Manager's Desk

May 03, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Propane Tank

May Energy News

May 03, 2021

I just got back from a week off of work. It’s funny how a few days off can get you more focused and energized. I spent most of my time on my farm. I managed to get a couple of chicken coops completed, some wood cut and a good start on fencing in between bouts with my turkey hunting addiction. As usual, no turkeys were harmed during my hunting adventures. 

From the Manager's Desk

Apr 02, 2021

Welcome to spring 2021. The piles of snow along the edge of the parking lot outside our Mt Horeb Do it Best store are now gone and will soon be replaced with mountains of fresh mulch, dozens of lawn and garden soils, fertilizer, bark, and stone options, as well as a freshly stocked greenhouse full of some of the best flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs the area has to offer. A little further north our Westby ACE store is also busy packing away the leftover snowblowers and shovels, and ready to showcase the latest grills and just about anything to spruce up your backyard living space. 

Propane Tank

April Energy News

Apr 02, 2021

I called it on my last newsletter. Spring is officially here. Every spring it sure feels good to go outside and feel a warm breeze, doesn’t it? The birds, including the snow birds, are heading back north after their annual migration. I’ve noticed a kestrel flying around my buildings. I’m hoping it’s the female that has come back the last couple of years and nested in my icehouse. They’re great mousers. 

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.   

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.

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!

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