Co-op News

Annual Meeting Updates

Nov 03, 2020

Due to the current pandemic, Premier will not be holding our traditional in-person annual meeting in January. Instead, Premier plans to host a virtual update meeting in January which will include a 2020 financial review, reports from the CEO and board chairman, scholarship selections and more. As this will not be an official annual meeting, all board of director positions and terms will be stayed over for one year. More information and instructions on how to join this virtual meeting will be available in the coming months.  Again this year Premier Cooperative is proud to be sponsoring scholarships for graduating high school seniors planning to pursue an Ag Short Course or any other 2+ year accredited degree program after high school. In order to qualify for one of the 30 potential scholarships (up to $500 each) to be awarded at the Premier January 2021 virtual meeting, the student must:  

Propane Season

Nov 03, 2020

Is it just me or does it seem like we went from summer to winter? I was a bit slow in making my cold weather gear accessible. I went bow hunting and I was pretty sure I was going to break off one of my toes when I pulled off my boots. I learned my lesson and my cold weather stuff is now within easy reach. By the way, no wildlife were harmed in the course of this experience.  Wow, what a difference a year makes! The fall harvest this year is a polar opposite to last year’s harvest. Soybean harvesting is nearly finished and the corn harvest is nearly 50% complete in Wisconsin as I write this. The corn moisture is low so that should cut crop drying expenses.

From the Manager's Desk

Nov 02, 2020

As we wrap up October, the first month of our 128th fiscal year, I’d like to thank all of you for helping make our 127th fiscal year a very solid one at your cooperative. Despite the pandemic, and in some cases because of it, sales for the year will be similar to last year at about $190 million. One thing about a pandemic, it can create a lot of volatility. In a commodity business, like many of our divisions are, volatility can offer both opportunities and misery. At your cooperative we were fortunate to capture many more opportunities than setbacks. For one, with the price of fuel down, our fleet of over 600 vehicles saved about $400,000 this year compared to 2019 in just the cost of gas and diesel. That goes right to the bottom line and increases patronage refunds to our members. Of course, the biggest challenge was figuring out how to provide the many products and services to our customers while keeping them and our employee team as safe as we can. This isn’t the first time your cooperative has had to deal with a global pandemic, but I was unable to find any of the meeting minutes from the board meetings in 1918 to help layout a roadmap for 2020/2021. I want to thank all our members and employees for the support they have shown one another as we’ve worked through these challenges together.  I look forward to sharing the results of the audit with you in next month’s newsletter. Thank you for the tremendous support that allows us to continue to provide the quality people, products, equipment, and services you need for your farm, home, or business.  

Beef Cattle Pasture

QLF Applications - Dealer Delivered

Oct 28, 2020

At Premier Cooperative we have a lot of producers that use our tubs, but we also carry Quality Liquid Feeds! QLF has been a great partner of Premier. Below are the QLF products we carry and a brief description where best used.

Beef Cattle Pasture

How Does Your Herd Stack Up?

Oct 28, 2020

Fall is a busy time for cattleman, harvest, weaning and selling of the calf crop, and preparation for the months ahead. I challenge you this year, to consider a new annual routine when it comes to fall herd management. Take the time this fall to subjectively body condition score (BCS) the cow herd on the scale from 1 (emaciated) to 9 (obese) and assess the distribution of condition scores across the cow herd.

Casey Michek Agronomist

Hybrid Spotlight Video - NK0472-5222

Oct 26, 2020

Agronomist Casey Michek and Syngenta Rep Jon Biermeier discuss an NK hybrid they will be pushing to its limits in 2021. NK0472-5222 E-Z Refuge has a 104 day relative maturity with a moderate to high response to population and response to nitrogen.

Tanner Arndt Agronomist

Hybrid Spotlight Video - Dekalb 58-64 RIB

Oct 21, 2020

Agronomist Tanner Arndt discusses a Dekalb hybrid that he is excited to place on his growers' farms. Dekalb 58-64 RIB has a 108 day relative maturity with moderate response to population and response to nitrogen.

Dan Durst Agronomist

Hybrid Spotlight Video - Croplan 5146SS/RIB

Oct 18, 2020

Agronomist Dan Durst discusses a Croplan hybrid that has been performing well for his growers in a variety of scenarios. Croplan 5146SS/RIB has a 101 day relative maturity with moderate response to population and response to nitrogen.

Soil sampling

Give Your Fields the Nutrients They Need

Oct 14, 2020

Know the benefits of Fall soil sampling. Analyze your soil now to prepare for next season. Soil sampling is essential for developing an effective fertility plan for your operation. Take advantage of these three benefits by sampling your fields this fall. 

Croplan Corn Plot

Select Seed That Performs on Your Farm

Oct 08, 2020

Buying seed can feel overwhelming. With all the different genetics and traits going around, making agronomic decisions like hybrid placement can become a challenge. To optimize yield potential on your farm, our crop production specialists understand the importance of knowing how hybrids are affected by management.

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