Preparing for Harvest
The 2022 harvest is upon us, with the soybean harvest underway. Expectations are for very good corn and soybean yields across Wisconsin. We continue to experience high commodity prices with good export demands for soybeans. Since some areas of the US are experiencing drought conditions and poor corn yields, there is a good demand for corn for ethanol and feed usage in deficit areas in the US. United Cooperative has been busy shipping grain and getting our facilities ready for this year’s harvest and to be in position to handle our cooperative member's crops effectively throughout this harvest.
2022 United Cooperative Harvest Policies
There will be no changes again this year to grain storage fees. We continue to be approximately 5 cents per bushel a month, with no minimum charge for storage and grain bank. Charges are prorated daily, and each load will have a 7-day grace period if sold within those 7 days.
Due to the higher costs for fuel, drying charges have been increased, with shrink staying the same for both corn and soybeans. Contact your local grain location to discuss your options and for drying and shrink schedules.
Grain delivered will be applied to contracts first. Grain balances above contract amounts have the following choices for application:
- Spot or cash: The bushels designated will be sold at market close or at a price set during the CBOT-day session. Contact a buyer if you wish to have your grain spotted upon delivery.
- 7-day hold: Allows the customer to hold the grain for seven days without incurring storage fees. Grain not contracted or sold during this period will be stored in storage.
- Storage: Grain designated for storage will be assessed the applicable storage fees.
- Grain bank: Grain applied to a grain bank is used for feed purposes with applicable fees.
United Cooperative offers several options for marketing grain. Outlined below are the contracts offered and the fees and procedures of each agreement.
- Forward cash contract: Bushels are priced for future delivery. No fees are charged for this contract.
- Basis contract: Bushels are sold with only the basis established. The futures price is set later. The contract may be rolled once within the same crop year. The fee for the roll is 3¢ per bushel.
- Hedged to arrive: The futures price is established on the contract. The basis is set at or before delivery. The futures may only be rolled to futures month within the same crop year. The fee to establish the contract is 5¢ per bushel.
- Minimum price contract: A cash-forward contract is priced, and a call option is purchased to allow the customer to participate in futures price increases before the option expires. The fees include the cost of the option.
When you enter United Cooperative facilities, please have your tarps opened before proceeding to the scale or probe. Additionally, please inform your drivers which account the load should be applied to and for which application method. Before you leave United Cooperative, please review the ticket, and if something is not correct, bring it to our attention immediately.
Help in tracking your business transactions with United Cooperative is available through eAgvantage, which can be found on our website. This can be accessed at the customer login in the upper right-hand corner of our home page; First-time users are instructed how to submit for access to the site. The site allows you to view account activity for your operation, including grain, agronomy, feed, and energy transactions. Text message bids are available from United Cooperative; if you haven’t signed up to receive our bids, talk to your United Cooperative location or call with your questions regarding these valuable tools.
United Cooperative continues to accept varieties of corn and soybeans that are approved for all export channels. If you have a variety that’s not approved, please get in touch with us, so we may assist you in directing those bushels to the proper channel.
Remember, safety comes first!
United Cooperative continually reviews and adds to our facilities to ensure that our employees and customers are safe. Our employees undergo extensive training to ensure facilities are operated safely so that everyone gets home each day.
Thank you for your business. We wish you a safe and prosperous harvest season.