News & Updates


EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 8/10/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Crop report came out on the high end of trade estimates but are attainable if we get good rains the next 2-3 weeks across the Midwest. Crop yields could increase even more in the next report. China and the US continue with the trade war with more tariffs from both sides. Wheat crops in Europe and Australia off from last year 10 – 20 %. The pro Farmer crop tour will be in Sept and we will watch to see where they peg yields at.

 

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Safe Haven receives funds from United Cooperative

United Cooperative, headquartered at Beaver Dam, recently donated $1,000 to Safe Haven, a Shawano-based domestic abuse and sexual assault support center.

 

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 7/23/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

The tariff battle with China is huge and sent beans and meal lower when announced but both have bounced back and might have found nearby support until we get thru the weather market. Meal exports are at a 5-year high form the US for June – July with no sales to China. A NAFTA deal needs to get done with Mexico and Canada, two of the biggest customers of US agriculture. It looks like the crop is going to come thru summer OK so up next will be the crop tours at the end of summer. The Aug 10th USDA crop production report will give better market direction than the July report.

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EXPERT VIEW: Continue to Focus on Heat Abatement

By Lizzy French,  PhD, United Cooperative Feed Specialist

As we continue to move through summer months, it is important to review if we are doing all we can to keep our animals safe during these hotter temperatures. Animals under heat stress decrease in dry matter intake, milk production, conception rate, and can calve earlier.

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EXPERT VIEW: How do I increase corn net income?

By Eric Smith, United Cooperative area seed and agronomy specialist

We’ve all been asked, “how do I make more money on my corn?” Sitting here on July 9, my short answer is going to be “make a tassel application of fungicide to your corn crop.”

The VT application has proven to provide a consistent yield and net income return vs other application timings. Fungicides help the plant to withstand drought, disease, and other environmental stresses that all take kernels out of our grain tank.

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Winchester Fire Department receives funds from United Cooperative

“United Cooperative values the emergency personnel in each county where our members’ live and where we do business. Each year the cooperative focuses a portion of its community giving to rural health and safety initiatives that directly provide emergency services to our farmer-members,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative President and CEO.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 6/18/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

The USDA crop report on June 12th showed more bean acres and less corn acres with corn usage and exports coming in higher than expected. Russia, France and Australia have some large dry regions which could hurt wheat crop yields. The US is coming into the summer growing season where weather is critical. The trade wars have heated up with China and NAFTA negotiations have gone south.

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EXPERT VIEW: Market Update 6/6/18

By Pat Jeanes, Product Procurement and Risk Management

Trucker strike in Brazil over high fuels costs the last 2 weeks dried up supplies at ports and feed mills. Spot buyers came to the US for beans and this supported prices. Over 70 million birds destroyed in Brazil as farms had no feed. Argentinian crop pegged at 36 million where most traders had it estimated and this will mean more business for the US. Hard to say what will happen to Ag products as president Trump proceeds with tariffs and the trade war. Now that we have the crop planted next up is the growing season and a bunch of weather moving forward. 

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EXPERT VIEW: Now's the time for side dress fertilizer application

By Scott Firlus, United Cooperative Western Agronomy Operations Manager

Side dress time is here for early planted crops, and will be coming soon for all crops, as the heat and rain are stimulating crop growth. I like to start side dressing corn around V-4, to get over the acres comfortably between the rows. As the corn gets over 12 inches it can grow two to three inches a day in hot weather with good soil moisture.

 

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EXPERT VIEW: Are your Calves hitting the mark?

By Carrie Warmka, United Cooperative Feed Nutritionist

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association has a list of benchmarks for raising calves. They can be summarized into the following six goals:

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