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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. 

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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. 

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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March Energy News

Mar 03, 2021

I hope you all made it through the 2021 Polar Vortex unscathed. That was a special kind of cold we haven’t seen since the winter of 2013-14. Much like that winter, supply issues caused propane prices to increase dramatically. Another parallel to that winter was that folks who locked in their propane price weren’t affected by the price spike. In June we will once again be offering contracts to lock in your propane price for next winter. As always, I will recommend that you take advantage of the offer.

From the Manager's Desk

Mar 01, 2021

As we enter March with better than average temps, at this point we can only hope the 2021 growing season comes close to what we saw last year. While we had our share of challenges in 2020 that were outside of our control, production agriculture turned out to be one of the bright spots of the year. Favorable weather for the growing season and throughout harvest, coupled with timely rebounds in the commodity markets, helped brighten up what had been several years of challenging conditions in agriculture. Time will tell how 2021 turns out, but the staff at Premier is here to help work through any challenges we may face together.  

Grain Bin

Important Grain Notice

Mar 01, 2021

Premier Cooperative participates in Wisconsin’s Agricultural Security program.  If we fail to pay you for grain when payment is due, you may file a claim under this program.  The program may provide some compensation.  However, our “estimated default exposure” exceeds program coverage, and we have not filed security to cover the difference, so compensation may cover only a portion of your loss.  For more information, you may contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, Madison, 53708-8911 (phone 608/224-4998).   

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