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Chopping Corn

From the Manager's Desk

Sep 01, 2021

Over the past several weeks nearly all of our trade area has received the measurable rains and heat needed to help bring this year’s crop to maturity. Despite some areas being a little drier than others earlier in the summer, it looks like we will have a very good harvest again this year. Our team is busy emptying the bins and hauling out the last of about eight million bushels of grain we received at our facilities from the 2020 harvest. In addition to our grain facilities in Westby, Richland Center, Mazomanie, and Mineral Point, as mentioned last month, we have also added an additional location in Hazel Green, WI to help support our member’s needs in southeastern Grant County. If you need help with handling or marketing your grain this fall, please give us a call. 

Grid Sampling

Maximize Fertilizer Efficiency with Grid Sampling

Aug 30, 2021

Phosphorous (P), potassium (K), and soil pH have an optimal range in the soil. Underapplying fertilizer will lead to nutrient deficiency in the plant and reduced yields. Overapplying fertilizer will increase costs without improving yield. Soil tests provide the information needed to determine what rate of fertilizer will maximize yield potential without excessive cost.

Corn Silage Harvest

2021 Corn Silage Harvest

Aug 13, 2021

I don’t know about where you live but in my area in the SW corner of WI a majority of the corn tasseled on or near the July 7-11th this year. Easy rule of thumb is the corn is close to ready or ready to be chopped for corn silage 45 days after tasseling.  That means some people could be chopping corn silage around August 18. Yes, weather has a big impact on the time of harvest time.  A week ago, I’d say it’d be earlier due to drought conditions and now with rains it may mature normally. The good news is we don’t have to guess about this. 

Premier Propane Tank

August Energy News

Aug 05, 2021

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer. I was invited by Uncle Sam to spend two and a half weeks at beautiful Ft. McCoy in July. Not really my idea of a vacation but it was a nice change of pace. It certainly made choosing what to wear to work each day a lot easier. I think I enjoy wearing camouflage because of the slimming effect.

Dairy Cow

Are you setting your dry cows up for success?

Aug 04, 2021

We often focus on the ROI of additives in lactating cow diets as they are the ones currently earning their keep, but without a smooth transition period, they cannot reach their potential. Two of the most important metabolic shifts that occur at calving are calcium and fat mobilization to support milk production. Clinical milk fever is relatively easy to identify, but subclinical milk fever is a pervasive, and often unrecognized problem. Low calcium impacts muscles, the immune system, and the digestive system. The high prevalence of subclinical ketosis has also gotten a lot of attention in the past few years with the introduction of reliable cow side blood testing capabilities and the recognition of the associated decreased milk production. Today, we have research proven feed additives (ex. negative DCAD, choline) to help alleviate these metabolic issues and provide a good ROI to the farm. 

River Rumble Tractor Pull

From the Manager's Desk

Aug 03, 2021

A few weeks ago, I was able to share some exciting news with our employee team about new opportunities for our agronomy division in southeastern Grant County. For those not familiar with our locations, a few miles south of Platteville, WI sits our Platteville agronomy center. Approximately 10 miles south of that is our Hazel Green location. Over the past several years both locations have seen steady growth and increased profitability. At the same time, both locations have been operating facilities that are near their useful life and have limited opportunities for expansion under their current footprint. With support from the board of directors, management, and staff in the area, we were able to identify property available to purchase between the two plants just south of Cuba City that will be the future home to a combined modern facility that will serve the staff and members in the area.

Grain Bin

Grain Update

Aug 03, 2021

I hope everyone has had a great summer so far and have received enough timely rains to keep pushing this crop along. Although it is only August, your Premier grain team is working to be ready for harvest. Shipping grain, cleaning bins, equipment maintenance, and repairs are all being taken care of now. Fall will be here soon enough, and we will be prepared for the rush. 

Insects on plants

Protect Your Crops from Insects

Jul 19, 2021

Nobody likes insects, plain and simple. But, we really don't like insects when they're affecting our crops and livelihood. Both Japanese beetles and spider mites can cause problems on your farm. Here's some solutions to the problems they may cause.

Potato leaf hopper

Potato Leaf Hopper Management

Jul 19, 2021

In the Midwest and Eastern US, PLH are considered the most damaging insect pest to alfalfa yield and quality. PLH damage can lead to stunting, lower yields, reduced crude protein content, loss of forage palatability, and loss of stand density.

Tar spots on a corn leaf

Identifying & Treating Tar Spot

Jul 12, 2021

With cooler, wet conditions moving into our geography the past week, it is going to be very imporatnt to scout our corn crop for Tar Spot. As the name implies, tar spot can be identified by small black and circular lesions. They are slightly raised, and bumps can be felt on affected plant tissue. Lesions can appear on leaves, husks or stalks and are often surrounded by a light tan colored halo.

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