Co-op News

From the Manager's Desk

Sep 01, 2020

As I write this in late August, most of our trade area has missed out on any measurable rain the past couple of weeks and it is really showing up in the fields. I can’t remember seeing corn and beans go from lush green to golden brown quite so quickly. Despite this, and because of the excellent weather earlier, it looks like we will have a very good harvest this year. Our team is busy hauling out the last of about eight million bushels of grain we received at our facilities this year. September will be a big push as we empty out and get the bins ready for the 2020 crop. Last year at this time we had one very big grain project underway in Westby and a smaller, but much needed, addition in Mazomanie. Both finished up midway through harvest, so we are looking forward to having both up and running at full speed to start this fall. We are still hoping to get a couple smaller projects completed ahead of harvest in Richland Center and Mineral Point, but the recent Derecho storm in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana has thrown a wrench into the availability of millwrights, equipment, and materials needed. I’ve never seen destruction so widespread. One cooperative in Iowa had severe damage at 21 of its grain locations, toppling or damaging an estimated 30 million bushels or more of storage. Thank goodness there was only one minor injury at the company. With harvest already underway in our area, please watch out for farm equipment and grain trucks as you navigate our country roads. If you need help with handling or marketing your grain, please give us a call.  

Chopping Corn

Take 4 Steps at Harvest for Quality Silage

Aug 25, 2020

Many moving parts need to be in place to get the best quality silage at harvest. With harvest quickly approaching, consider these four tips to help inform your silage harvest strategy. 1. Prep your Equipment Don’t wait until the last minute to get your equipment ready for harvest. Ensure you have equipment adjusted correctly depending on the cut length you’re aiming for. 

Corn Harvest

The 0% Interest & Get All Your Seed Discounts Financing

Aug 19, 2020

Often with our financial decisions the question isn’t so much about “Can I invest in/purchase X to improve my operation?”, the question is “If I invest in/purchase X to improve my operation, can I also invest in/purchase Y and Z?”X, Y, and Z could be different options based on your personal situation. For an expanding operation, it could be a new piece of equipment (or land) to increase your throughput or bring down your cost per acre...

Soybean Thistle Caterpillar

Scout For These 4 Problems to Prepare For Harvest & 2021

Aug 17, 2020

Importance of Late Season Scouting The sprayers out in the field are slowly rolling to a halt, while harvest equipment is starting to be greased up and ready to go. In the midst of all this, our fields tend to get placed on the back burner, when they should really be the stars of the show. This time of year, the more time you invest in your fields the more knowledge and insight you can gain for this year’s harvest and future cropping seasons.

Alfalfa Growth Stages

5 Simple Steps for Success with Late-Summer Alfalfa Seeding

Aug 11, 2020

Alfalfa is a versatile crop with a wide range of recommended seeding dates, but if you have land available for alfalfa, you must finalize your plan soon. Follow these five steps to help make your next alfalfa seeding a success:1. Alfalfa request a neutral soilPerform a soil test to determine pH, potassium and phosphorus levels. Alfalfa requires a neutral soil pH of 6.8 to 7.2 to reach its yield potential, and incorrect soil fertility levels will lead to lost production.

Exclusive Mini Bulk System From Premier Cooperative

Aug 10, 2020

Our mini bulk system is perfect for anyone tired of throwing around 50lbs bags of feed. Our 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.

Energy Professionals

Aug 05, 2020

I read through my last few newsletters. I feel I need to update you on the projects I’ve been doing on the farm. I’m happy to report that I won the Battle of the Bats. I installed a homemade bat extruder in early May and after watching the bat tornado outside my bedroom window the next morning it was obvious (that was creepy) the bats couldn’t figure out how to get back in. They won’t be missed. My barn roof project didn’t go quite so well. After replacing the majority of the nails with screws and sealing the crown, I went into the haymow yesterday during a thunderstorm to check my work. It’s still a huge improvement but I still have some leaks. Fortunately I have enough buckets to catch the drips.  What did I learn from this? If you want a professional job done, hire a professional to do the work. Especially when it comes to propane. Today we were unable to install a propane system to a brand new house because the homeowner decided to do the gas piping himself. He used fittings that are not allowed to be used in a propane system, there were no drip legs on appliances and the shutoff valves were closed up inside of the drywall. We red tagged the system because we couldn’t safely hook it up. If the customer had hired a licensed plumber to install the gas piping, he wouldn’t have found himself in this predicament. 

Premier Acres Plot Sign

Visit Our "Premier Acres" Plots

Aug 03, 2020

Want to catch up on the latest advancements and trends in crop production to position your operation for success?  Then we invite you out for a visit to one of our four Premier Acre Plots in your area.  With the growing season moving along and harvest on the horizon, now is a great time to meet with your Premier Agronomist amd receive a personal tour. Gain insights on the latest technology and practices that could help add yield and profit to your crop management programs. The plots are located in Fennimore, Bloomington, Mount Horeb and Mazomanie.

From the Manager's Desk

Aug 01, 2020

Our convenience store in Mt Horeb finished its first full month of operation in June since shutting down for over a month for renovations. Starting last fall, we added nearly 6,000 square feet to the west end of the building. The addition more than doubled the size of the convenience store, providing needed space to expand the kitchen, coolers and freezers, self-serve food and beverage choices, a future drive-thru window, and more. Our store was recently featured on the latest CHS (Cenex) marketing material promoting new programs for other Cenex locations to upgrade their facilities. Maybe that’s a sign we made some good design choices. I know the employee team is excited about the look and functionality. While the store was closed for remodeling, the outside pump islands, tanks, fuel lines, electrical, and concrete pads were all replaced. These changes will help ensure our fueling system meets or exceeds existing codes and will provide safe operations and added environmental protection for many years. On the backside of the addition, the auto/truck and tire center will have two new large truck service bays. If you’re in the area, please stop in and say hi to our coworkers.

Aerial Spraying Corn

Get Money Back if You Don't Hit 105% of Your APH

Jul 15, 2020

Fungicide Warranty Program - There is tremendous uncertainty in the response of fungicide applications. Applying fungicide to your corn acres is a big investment and the results from the Answer Plot® program showed an average of 5.6 to 40.4-bushel-per-acre yield response, depending on the hybrid. At $3 corn, this is a $104 range of outcomes. At the top end of this range, you’re making out like a bandit, but at the bottom end of this range, you’re not even covering your cost of application. In the past, you would have no option, but to shoulder all this risk.

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