Grain Plant Hours for September 28 & 29

The Adams grain plant will be open on Saturday, September 28, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. and by appointment. The Mauston, West Salem, and Tomah grain plants will be open by appointment only. Please call the following numbers for service this weekend.

Adams grain plant: (608) 339-0357

Mauston grain plant: (608)547-8302

Tomah grain plant: (608)547-6149

West Salem grain plant: (608)799-3622

– David Rappa, Director of Grain

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Mauston Grain Plant Fully Operational

The Mauston Grain Plant is up and running and ready to meet all of your needs during the upcoming fall harvest.  While we did close the plant recently to make repairs, the site is once again fully operational.  Customers shouldn’t notice any changes or delays.

We look forward to working with you during the busy harvest season ahead.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Mauston Grain Plant, please call Ray Demaskie at (608) 847-5212 or David Rappa at (608) 372-2090.

Mauston Grain Plant Temporarily Closed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mauston grain plant will be out of service for an indefinite length of time. We hope to have the plant up and running as soon as possible. We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause you. Please check back here for further updates on when the plant will re-open.

Due to the Mauston location being closed, we will be handling grain services for Mauston out of our other locations. We will be accepting wheat at our Adams location and oats at our West Salem location. Please call our marketing staff at 608-339-0357 to arrange transportation, or if you have any questions on pricing at the other facilities. If you have any other questions or concerns, you can contact David Rappa at 608-547-6149.

Propane Market Update

Allied Cooperative recently installed a new 30,000 gallon propane tank at our Plover fertilizer plant.  This tank was installed in order to provide the best service possible to our northern customers.  If you would like more information on our propane programs or would like to discuss your contracting needs for the upcoming season please contact us.

Right now, propane inventories in the Midwest and Canada are near the bottom of their 5 year averages and have been since April. Looking ahead, inventories appear to be the driver for price direction. Summer fills will continue, average dryer gas usage is probable, and many companies that buy contracts are currently light on them, which means that that will pressure the market upwards once they start buying. My recommendation is to consider your needs for the next 12 months, as there appears to be more potential upside than downside. Please call with any questions and to discuss.                          — Rob Hutchens, Certified Energy Specialist

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Answer Plot Event Tonight!

Allied Cooperative would like to invite all area growers to our Answer Plot event to be held today (July 17th).  We will have an Annual Meeting at 4:00 p.m., followed by a delicious steak fry dinner (FREE!), and a tour of our Answer Plot at 5:45 p.m.  The plot is located two miles east of the Hwy. 13 & 82 intersection in Adams County, Wisconsin.

It may be a steamy day — but you can almost hear the corn grow at the Answer Plot.  Come on out and see how different varieties are performing and gain insight in managing this year’s crops.

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A USDA Plantings and Stocks Report Quick Hitter

The USDA released their plantings and stocks report this morning. Corn stocks are below average trade guess. Bean stocks are also below guesses. Acres are higher for corn. What? Really? Maybe they did this just to tell us they will resurvey. Also, these numbers are from June 1st. You and I both know things have changed since then. Bean acres are higher also. This I can believe.

Producers should be aware of the inverse that is hitting the corn and bean markets. This simply means that the market is not paying you to store your crop. So if you’re still holding old crop bushels, it is certainly time to think about moving some. Here at Allied Cooperative, we are keeping our inventories low so we don’t have to carry bushels into the future where the price is eroding. Feel free to call me if you need help sorting it out.

– Rich Dahlke, Grain Merchandiser

Surprisingly Bearish USDA Report

We here at Allied Cooperative are excited to welcome our Grain Division to Breaking Ground, and we look forward to hearing more from our grain experts in the future!

The biggest surprise in the USDA supply/demand revisions report (World Agricultural Supply Demand Estimate) that came out Wednesday was the lack of revision – especially in corn acreage. There were no changes to the planted acres. I’m sure you and I both think they should have cut planted acreage. However, the last three times the USDA cut the planted acres in the June report, they were forced to make upward revisions several weeks after. This may be what convinced them to just leave it alone despite the obvious and historically slow planting pace this spring.

The net impact of the report was a slight reduction of 2013/2014 ending stocks of 55 million bu to 1.949 billion bu. That’s how many bushels no one wants and that’s still a large number. It’s the biggest since 2005/2006. We may not like to hear it, but if improving crop conditions are seen, new crop prices could still work lower. December $5.50 futures should be seen as a selling opportunity. Let’s put our focus on the weather and the acreage report which will be out in several weeks to see how much the USDA cuts corn acreage. Remember, it will take a significant reduction in acres to bring down this burdensome carry out – especially if crop conditions improve.

– Rich Dahlke, Grain Merchandiser