Building on a Successful Year
We’ve just concluded a very good year for United Prairie—the best in our 20-year history. The integration of Crescent City into the United Prairie family this spring went smoothly. They have a great group of employees and bring a lot to the table for our company and customers in that area. And, with a full season at Emery under our belt, we’re very pleased with the response and support we’ve received from area producers. We can see that there is great potential for further growth at that location.
Our continued success and growth is a testament to our employees and the high level of service and value they bring to our customers. It’s also a direct result of the loyal and growing support we enjoy from our patrons.
I’m excited to announce that your loyalty will soon be rewarded in another tangible way. By working together with our owners, we have developed a process that will allow United Prairie customers to receive patronage on your agronomy purchases for the first time. The patronage program will be implemented in 2017 and is further evidence of our commitment to not only bring the highest level of service and value to our patrons, but to continue to look for ways to further enhance your bottom line. In the true cooperative spirit, we will be able to give back to you, our patrons.
Our Innovation Farm Day was a success. In fact, we had the best turnout ever to hear about the results of the many product trials we conducted, both on the 60-acre Innovation Farm and on area farms. With commodity prices where they are, our farmers need to know which products will deliver the best return on their investment right here where they farm. We do the work of sorting through all the options, both new and established, so our customers don’t have to. We’ll have all of those trial results available as soon as possible following harvest.
Our attention now turns toward the fall application season with the goal of further improving our efficiency and responsiveness. New application equipment is on the way to help in that effort, as we strive to keep our fleet in top shape. We’ll also be rolling out some enhancements to our Data On Touch system that we think you will appreciate.
Some good news for fall: Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium have all followed commodity prices and will be down considerably from where they were last year. And it looks like we will have a tremendous crop, as the crop tour indicated.
None of our success, of course, is possible without the support of our customers, and I want you to know how much we appreciate it. Please take care in the field this fall—we like having you around.