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The Top 3 Reasons to Switch to Propane Autogas

Feb 28, 2022

With diesel prices continuing to rise, there's no better time to rethink how you're fueling your fleet. Propane Autogas can save money, save time, and keep your students safer. Here's the top 3 reason why you should make the switch to Propane Autogas.

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February Grain Update

Feb 07, 2022

January  brought us an eventful start to the year in the grain markets. We pushed to new highs in November soybeans and December corn futures, and we are seeing strength in the nearby contracts as well for any stored grain you may want to price. It’s been a nice way to start the year. I’d encourage everyone to check the bids on our website regularly or get in touch with me to discuss a plan or selling objectives that you may have in mind. At the forefront of the market news is South American dryness as their crop progresses. Brazil’s soybean production estimates began at 144 million metric tons and have since been trimmed by the USDA to 139 million metric tons, with possible further reductions. 139 mmt would still be a record soybean crop, primarily due to expanding planted acreage offsetting yield decreases, but we need to keep a close eye on their weather as their summer season moves along. Argentina’s soybean production has seen slight estimate decreases as well. The January WASDE report saw a slight increase in corn ending stocks relative to the previous month due to acreage increases, while the soybean ending stocks were close to unchanged. They stand at 1.54 billion bushels and 350 million bushels respectively. This puts corn stocks/use at 10.4% vs 10.1% in December and 8.3% the previous year. Soybeans are 8% vs 7.8% in December and 5.7% last year. So, the big picture is showing increases in U.S. ending stocks as compared to last year. The next USDA WASDE report is on February 9th. Please get in touch if you are wondering about estimates or post report details. 

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February Energy News

Feb 07, 2022

We saw some pretty brutal temperatures in January. Brace yourself. February is here. Those temperatures will pale in comparison to the temperature of the cold shoulder you’re going to get if you mess up Valentine’s Day. Put a reminder in your calendar today. February 14th. You’re welcome.   

Croplan Alfalfa

Increase your value and net return per acre with CROPLAN® Alfalfa

Feb 07, 2022

A strong start to your alfalfa stand is important. The soil environment that alfalfa is seeded into can mean success or failure for the stand. Management practices like seedbed preparation and soil fertility can influence stand establishment. Soil borne diseases in the upper Midwest and Eastern U.S. like Aphanomyces root rot and Anthracnose can also have a serious impact on your stand establishment and alfalfa productivity.  

Anthracnose Lesions on Alfalfa

Aphanomyces Root Rot and Anthracnose in Alfalfa

Feb 07, 2022

The combination of healthy roots and healthy stems lead to higher alfalfa yield potential. Below ground, alfalfa roots gather water and nutrients. Above ground, stems and leaves produce and transport plant energy to make valuable forage. Diseases such as Aphanomyces root rot and Anthracnose can limit these plant processes.

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Properly Delivering Additional Energy to Dairy Calves

Feb 07, 2022

Winters in the Midwest pose many challenges to dairy farmers. One common challenge being how to keep calves not only healthy but also growing through this stressful time. As we know, calves use the energy they take in for maintenance first, then growth last. 

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From the Manager's Desk

Feb 03, 2022

As I write this on January 28th, the last couple days have been a wild ride with temperatures. From 25 below to a sunny 35 above, and back to sub zero in less than 48 hours. The deep freeze, thaw and then refreeze is sure to bring a bit of a challenge to sidewalks, driveways, and farmyards. To help keep you and your family safe from slips, falls, bumps and bruises, or avoid driveway slide offs, stop by either our Mt Horeb Do it Best or Westby ACE and stock up on ice melt while supplies last. Thanks to those of you who continue to call in your propane, fuel oil, lumber and feed deliveries early so our drivers can navigate some of these challenging conditions during the daylight and get home safely before night. 

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January Feed News

Jan 04, 2022

Each winter, Premier joins our trade partners to host meetings on beef information to help your herd. This year is NO exception! We’ll be joined by Elanco to discuss feed conversions, Rumensin (a big player over the years in our programs) and the resulting return on investment. We’ll also feature a presentation from Corteva.  

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Herbicide Shortage - Fact or Fiction?

Jan 03, 2022

We are living in some unprecedented times regarding supply and demand. As many of you know, there has been a considerable amount of press about glyphosate and other CPP product shortages for the 2022 growing season. There are several different factors for the herbicide shortage including a decline in the number of laborers to unload tanker ships at gulf ports, lack of truck transportation from the ports to get the ingredients to U.S. formulation plants and formulated products to the retailers, reduced supplies of some of the inert ingredients of the formulation, shortages of materials to make containers and packaging, and Hurricane Ida that damaged a glyphosate production plant in Luling, LA.   

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Crop Input Planning and Budgets

Jan 03, 2022

Every year crop input planning and budgeting are important but with the abnormal fluctuation in the prices of your inputs, they are now more important than ever. The Premier Cooperative Team has the tools to work through your budget spreadsheets with you and calculate your breakeven cost per bushel. This will help you develop a crop input plan to meet or exceed your profit goals.   

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