News & Updates


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: Now's the time for side dress fertilizer application

By Scott Firlus, United Cooperative Western Agronomy Operations Manager

It is important for farmers to look at side dressing their crops very soon. To get the most accurate recommendation to you, a tissue test PRIOR to side dressing is needed. This test allows us to look at what nutrients the crop is not finding in the soil.  

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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Feedout Management

Details matter when it comes to feedout management. Following a few key steps can prevent silage spoilage and keep everyone working in and around a bunker silo safe.

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Stay Safe When Making Silage

Making silage can be a dangerous time on farms. Take steps to eliminate or control hazards and keep everyone safe.

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Follow Precautions To Prevent Rollovers

Rollovers account for about half of the approximately 200 tractor-related fatalities reported every year in the United States. Filling bunker silos and drive-over piles can pose serious risks. Always follow safety precautions to avoid rollovers.

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Attention New Homeowners: Do You Own That Tank?

Homeowners, you just bought a house. Now what? Here is what you’ll need to know to schedule your first propane delivery.

You are officially a new homeowner and made the big move into your new home. Congratulations! We know how stressful moving can be, so we get it if you haven’t done much to look into scheduling a first propane delivery right away. Most homeowners call us for a propane delivery as soon as they realize that they are about to run out of fuel. Luckily, we have a two to three business day delivery turn around time, so we’ve got you covered. But before you even call, be ready for the very first question that you will be asked.

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A Look Back at 2018

By Karl Beth,
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As we reflect back on our 83rd Annual Meeting that was held on April 22, 2019, it is humbling to look at how your cooperative has grown over the years. For those of you who did not make it to the annual meeting, feel free to go to www.unitedcooperative.com and print a copy of our Annual Report to review for yourself.

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Propane Outlook 2019

By Bill Herbst,
Vice President-Energy

This year as we go from winter straight to summer, don’t kid yourself, we could do the reverse in just a few months and go from summer straight to winter. Don’t hesitate to plan your propane supply now for next winter’s heating needs.

The most recent winter put a strong demand on propane supply infrastructure and stocks throughout the country. Remember that propane exports are still up. In terms of total propane supply, the Midwest is down 23% from the five-year average. We also experienced a 5% increase in degree days over last year.

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Feeding Livestock in tough economic times:

By John Scheuers,
Vice President - Feed

In tough economic times it is very important to focus on the following items:

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Increasingly Flexible Grain Assets

By Alan Jentz,
Vice President-Grain

United Cooperative has continued to add strategic assets to better serve our members, as well to better access markets that bring additional value to your grain. Our receiving, storage and drying capacity is a strategic strength to keep you moving in the field. 

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