News & Updates

4 Essential Lubricant Tips for Winterizing Farm Equipment

Harvest is tough. Once you've made it through some of the hardest weeks of the year, both you and your equipment deserve some R&R. But before your rigs take a long winter’s nap, it’s important to get them ready for sitting dormant in the cold.

Even when your equipment isn’t running, lubricants play an essential role in keeping it protected. That’s why, as part of your yearly winterizing routine, you'll want to assess your equipment’s fluids. Use these four lubricant tasks to protect your rigs all the way to spring.


Preparing Your Propane-Powered Home For Winter

Temperatures are dropping, which means many homeowners are turning up the thermostat to heat their homes. For those who heat their homes with propane, preparation can help make  for a safe and easy transition. 

Rural homes in particular require extra steps to keep the inside warm and cozy all winter long. Below are some tips and tricks to help ensure your home is heated by propane safely and efficiently all winter long.


Weed Control: Unleash Yield Potential.

By Jim Kemink, Vice President of Agronomy & Sales

United Cooperative is excited to introduce Enlist E3 soybeans for the 2020 growing season. Enlist E3™ soybeans offer the most advanced trait technology available in soybeans, providing a new standard for weed control and yield performance.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 and print a copy of our Annual Report to review for yourself.


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