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MANAGER’S DESK

Jerald Kemmerer CEO/GM

Your cooperative just completed its fiscal year. The auditors have completed their duties of confirming what our accurate accounting department already knew, and that is we finished with our best year locally on the books. This year will mark the 96th annual meeting of your cooperative. Notices have already gone out with a copy of last year’s annual meeting notes. The meeting is set for Tuesday May 17th at the Knights of Columbus in Dodge City starting with registration from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Dinner will start at 6:30 followed by the annual meeting. I hope you will have an opportunity to attend. We continue to pay out 50% in cash while also paying out deferred equity

SECOND QUARTER 2011

that you have accumulated over the years that was earned by just doing business with your cooperative. We have gained on deferred equity in the last four years and will be paid up within 12 years. The payout on patronage and deferred equity is at the highest level we can pass back and still stay within the guidelines set by our financial lender. Thanks to the board in allowing us to pay out members 75 years and older that has no farming interests anymore. Since we started that program the last couple of years, we have paid out an additional $200,000 to about 160 people. A lot of those members are on fixed income and the additional disbursement was welcomed.

We moved a record of 9 trains of grain prior to fall harvest to make room, and two of them loaded with 48 hours. This could not have been accomplished without the additional storage added and commitment of dedicated employees. For the year, it was the cooperative’s third largest take of grain compared to the big yields of 1998 and 1999. It was a good year for our other Pride Ag Resources business units also. The agronomy department had a good year with increases in fertilizer volume and in acres of application. Feed, Farm Supply, and Fuel also had a decent year to help produce a solid bottom line. Thanks to all the dedicated employees

Inside This Issue 2 Safety 3 Ace Hardware - Grain 4 Feed 5 Agronomy - AV Energy 6 Seed 7 IT Department 7 Board of Directors


who make your cooperative work each day. We are little over a month away from wheat harvest, and it will be here before you know it. The employees have been working hard making room for what looks like a smaller crop of wheat that has been struggling due to the lack of moisture. Mother Nature keeps teasing us with small showers as it keeps it holding on. I hope you have a great summer and thank you for your business. It is always appreciated! See you at the 96th Annual Meeting so we can share with you the numbers!

Safety Division

Skyler Hayes Safety Director

PORTABLE AUGER SAFETY With wheat harvest less than two months away, I will take this opportunity to address portable auger safety. A grain auger is designed to move a lot of grain in a hurry, but it can also do a lot of damage to a person’s body in a hurry. Following are some safety rules everyone should

obey when working around portable augers. Keep children and untrained people away. Children are naturally curious and do not always understand the dangers of power equipment. Have another person nearby who knows how to shut down the auger in case of an emergency. Ensure the auger is empty before raising or lowering. Do not allow the auger to come within ten feet of any electrical line. Do not wear loose fitting clothing when working around the auger (or any other power driven equipment). Loose, floppy clothing, long shoe strings or draw strings on jackets or pants can become entangled in moving parts. When clothing becomes entangled in rotating parts, the body can

be pulled into moving machinery. Never use your hands or feet to remove debris such as straw, chaff or trash from moving machinery. Keep all safety shields and guards in place. Do not operate the auger without the shields and guards in place. Make certain that all people are clear of moving parts such as shafts, belts and auger flighting. If repairs are required, disconnect the energy source. In other words, shut off and lock out power before making adjustments, servicing or cleaning. Never stand or sit under an auger. Never run your hands along the hydraulic lines, because oil can be injected into your hands. 2


Make certain the PTO shaft is attached properly, and keep all people three feet away from the shaft. When raising or lowering the auger, do it slowly.

take the time to go over the safe operating procedures of portable augers with your summer and harvest help. ------------

ACE HARDWARE

Transport the auger in the full down position.

Ace is your place for all your gardening needs and supplies.

Never stand on the auger pan (hopper). Jack Lane, Ace Manager

Always ensure both wheels and the intake end of the auger are planted firmly on the ground. Do not allow anyone inside a grain bin or grain truck while it is being loaded or unloaded. Summer is traditionally a busy time of year around a farm, and harvest is the busiest time of the summer. Often people who are working around a farm during summer and harvest are younger or are unfamiliar with all the intricacies of a farming operation. Do not assume that everyone working on the farm understands the dangers of working around portable augers. Please

Organic Insect Killer is a spray that kills insects at all stages from eggs to adults. It is safe to use up to the day of harvest. It is easy to spray and kills over 45 different types of insects indoors and outdoors. This is a safe effective method of controlling insects so you can have a healthy harvest without adding toxins to the environment.

Ace has a line of safer all natural insecticides or fungicide sprays. A product called Insect Killing Soap is made with seaweed extract in a 32 ounce ready to use spray. It can be used indoors or outdoors. It is convenient for houseplants, roses, flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs. This product kills soft bodied insects such as aphids, mites, mealy bugs and whiteflies. Another safer product is Garden Fungicide. This is available in a 32 ounce ready to use spray. It is a fungicide for flowers, fruits and vegetables. This product is a sulfur based fungicide that controls rust, black spot, leaf spot, and powdery mildew on roses.

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GRAIN DIVISION

Patrice Howley Grain Merchandiser

Patrice Howley is Pride Ag Resource’s new grain merchandiser. She works at the Main Office in Dodge City. Patrice will be assisting Troy Presley with grain merchandizing. Patrice was raised on a row crop farm in North Central Kansas. She graduated from the great Kansas State University, with a degree in Ag Business. Since college she has been 3


involved in the grain marketing business from the family farm, local coop, ethanol, and commercial sides. Patrice looks forward to helping patrons with their grain marketing needs.

Date

Wheat Corn Milo Soybean

1/5/11

7.69

5.73

5.34 12.88

2/3/11

6.44

6.17

5.78 13.30

2/18/11

8.25

6.61

6.22 12.62

3/23/11

7.20

6.27

5.87 12.41

Last Year –May, 2010 AVG.

4.01

3.20

2.84 8.59

FEED DIVISION

Galen Frick, Livestock Advisor

Research Reveals Crossbreeding Advantages A three-year California study quantified what the industry has long known – a planned crossbreeding system and the hybrid vigor that results can mean dollars in your pocket. The study was funded by the American Hereford Association. In the first year of the study, 400 Angus-based cows

were randomly mated to 10 Hereford and 10 Angus bulls under typical Western range conditions. In years two and three, 600 Angus females ran with 15 Hereford and 15 Angus bulls under the same extensive conditions. Only calves that could be matched via DNA to a single sire were used in the trial, and as much as possible, bulls with above average EPDs, based on criteria provided by Lacey Livestock, were used.

marked advantage for the crossbred calves.

Data indicates a $30/head net economic advantage for the crossbred (Herefordsired) calves. Here are some general conclusions:

Quality grade consistently favored the Angus group in all three years.

Preweaning performance had a slight but consistent advantage for crossbred calves – approximately 10 lbs. and $12/head. Backgrounding performance had a slight but consistent advantage for crossbred calves – about 10 lbs. and $12/head. Average daily gain (ADG) in the feedlot favored the crossbred calves in two of the three years and there was a slight overall advantage to the crossbred calves. Feed conversion (as fed and dry matter) had a consistent and

Cost of gain had a consistent and marked advantage for the crossbred calves. Morbidity was close to equivalent for both crossbred and straight bred calves with lower morbidity for the crossbred calves in two of the three years.

There were essentially no differences in carcass weights or yield grade between the two groups. There were essentially no differences in Yield Grade 4s and 5s between the two groups. Economic performance favored Hereford-sired crossbred calves in the feedlot in two of the three years, with an average return of approximately $30/head. Carcass performance favored the Angussired calves in all three years, with an average return of $15.60/head. Overall net return for the crossbred calves was approximately 4


$30/head in a vertically coordinated beef marketing system. This doesn’t include the maternal advantage of the baldy female. Pregnancy rates for the black baldy females averaged 7% higher than the straight bred group.

great enough to justify the applications. The locations in years 2008 through 2010 included Sumner, Reno, and Republic counties. The treatments included comparisons of fungicide treated and untreated plots of 10 wheat varieties with different levels of genetic resistance to multiple diseases.

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AGRONOMY

Mike Fraser Agronomy Division Manager

EVALUATING THE NEED FOR FUNGICIDES IN WHEAT The wheat crop is fast approaching growth stages where fungicide should be applied. Many growers are asking about the potential need for fungicides this year. Kansas State University has been conducting fungicide evaluations for the past three years in multiple locations in Kansas. Their goals are to help growers evaluate which varieties are most likely to give a favorable yield response to fungicides, and to identify situations when these products are most likely to result in a yield response

The wheat varieties in this study were divided into two groups based on their susceptibility to some of the most common leaf diseases in Kansas. The group with multiple susceptibilities included Jagger, Jagalene, and 23137, Overley, Post Rock, and Fuller. The group of varieties that currently has higher levels of resistance to these same diseases includes Everest, Armour, SanteFe, and Karl 92. The results of the study have indicated that the average yield response of the varieties with multiple susceptibility was at least double that of the more resistant varieties. The chance of a yield response of at least 4 bushels per acre was much greater when applying fungicides to the varieties with multiple disease vulnerabilities than those with higher levels of resistance. Although the current risk of disease is relatively low here in our part of the state. Our Sales Agronomists have

found some low levels of leaf rust and powdery mildew in our trade area. Even though the dry weather is probably slowing the spread of diseases, the lower cost of fungicides and the higher wheat prices may still justify treatment. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact one of our Sales Agronomists, Bryan Brauer, David Seymore, Dennis Burke, Jim Halling, or your local Location Manager and they will see that you get the information that you need. ----------

AV Energy

Chris Klein AV Energy

As some of you may or may not know AV Energy and Pride AG Resources handles a wide range of Cenex Lubricants for your irrigation systems. Today, I would like to introduce you to some Lubricants specially designed for the irrigation user. Some might say oil is oil but when you’re talking about replacing a pricey irrigation motor or gear box it will benefit you to use a quality Cenex branded product. 5


Here is a list and description of some of the products we offer for your irrigation systems:

and special additives to prevent rust, wear, oxidation, and foam. It is available in eight ISO-grades.

Irriflex (Irrigation Engine Oil) low ash high quality irrigation engine oil.

EP Gear/Rock Drill Oil (Extreme Pressure Lubricant) specially formulated for the use in industrial gear applications.

Maxtron DEO (Synthetic Blend Diesel Engine Oil) designed to provide superior protection in the most severe diesel applications.

MP Gear Lube (Multipurpose Gear Lubricant) designed for many gear cases.

Superlube TMS (Diesel Engine Oil) engineered for heavy-duty diesel engines, including stationary diesel engines in irrigations service.

Maxtron EP (Lithium Complex Semi-Synthetic Grease) recommended for automotive, industrial, and farm use.

Maxtron THF+ (Synthetic Blend Transmission Hydraulic Fluid) Transmission hydraulic fluid engineered specifically for the use in agricultural equipment.

Blue Gard 500+ (Premium Multipurpose High-Temperature Grease) water-resistant lubricant with a dropping point over 500 degrees.

Qwiklift HTB (Hydraulic, Transmission & Wet Brake Fluid) hydraulic fluid designed to provide superior performance. Circle Three (Universal Lubricant) multipurpose formulation meeting most modern diesel engine requirements. Drip Oil (Irrigation Lubricant) mineral oil intended for the use as a water pump lubricant. Indol (Premium Industrial Lubricant) anti wear hydraulic fluid is formulated with premium bass stocks

Molyplex 500+ (Premium Multipurpose High Temperature Grease) contains Molybdenum Disulfide to stay in place and intact under heavy loads. For any questions about Cenex lubricants give Terry Summers or me a call @ 620225-4994. Thanks and have a great summer.

SEED DIVISION

Bryan Brauer Sales Agronomist

This is one of my favorite times of the year, everything is greening up and most of corn should be in the ground. Dave, Jim, Dennis and I will have test plots and side by side plots out on corn. One of interest is a comparison on the high rate of Poncho and 3000 GT hybrid. Hopefully this will give us an indication on performance against rootworms. We also have a couple of grain sorghum plots that will be planted. We are looking for a couple of soybean plots yet. If you are going to double crop any beans behind failed wheat let us know. An issue that may affect soybeans this year is iron chlorosis. With the cool ground temperatures, night time and daytime temps we are getting set up for some problems. Fungicides and insecticides can help promote early root health and possibly alleviate some of the environmental conditions. Another possible solution would be Ascend; Ascend is a plant growth regulator that stimulates root development 6


in the plants. Iron chlorosis is the lack of root growth compared to the above ground growth in the plant. The top vegetative growth is out growing the roots. It is not a lack of iron but an excess that causes the issue. Most iron chlorosis problems will be corrected as we get better growing conditions. Ascend can be put on during the treatment with inoculation and the other treatments. We have had a rough year in the wheat production side. Just as your wheat is looking tough in most areas, we may have some issues in our production. Keep your options open for seed wheat this fall. As we have mentioned earlier most all of the feed seed is in good supply. If you are planning to put out feed this summer, we suggest you get an order placed. We already have several orders locked in and the supply is shorting. The same is also true on the grain sorghum seed. At this time we have the ability to get some seed but the insecticide treated seed is over. We do have an excellent planter box treatment called Concur that will provide some protection against most soil insects. Contact Dave, Jim, Dennis or myself if you have any questions. Everyone at the Pride Ag Resources agronomy, want to thank-you for your patronage

and hope that all of you have a safe and beneficial wheat harvest.

IT Department

Richard Broz rbroz@prideag.com Pride Ag Resources IT Manager Pride Ag Resources would like to invite you to browse our website www.prideag.com. This site is updated daily with local and national news. We try to inform you what is happing at our local branch locations. The website will provide you information on our departments, coop news, employment opportunities. Use it to look at your local Grain and Overnight cash bids. (These prices reflect a 10 minute delay). Our feature this month will be Patron Access. Features: • Access your accounts 24/7, with the ability to view multiple accounts. • Summary and detail information and the ability to print copies of A/R tickets. • Grain tickets available when YOU have time (after daily Updates are complete). Sign up to receive daily cash bids by emails and text messages. Welcome to Patron Access! As patrons of Pride Ag Resources, you will now be able to access your accounts receivable balances as well as individual invoices, grain receiving accounts, grain contracts, prepaid and booking balances, And equity balances. You will also be able to pull volume statements for the year.

Patron Access is located in the navigation bar on the left side of our Web site (www.prideag.com). If you are new to Patron Access, please choose “New Account Request.” When the information is completed and sent, an e-mail will be forwarded to the main office. We will set up the accounts you requested and advise via e-mail when this is complete. After that, you simply sign on using your own username and password that you created. Only you have access to your accounts.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Scott Mac Nair ........................ Chairman Tony Bleumer... .............. Vice-Chairman Larry D Scott .......... Secretary-Treasurer Steve Riegel .............................. Director Jeremy Derstein ........................ Director Butch Irsik ................................. Director Clint Hamilton ............................ Director Kyle Feirkert…..….....Associate Director Josh Koehn………….Associate Director Jerald Kemmerer………………CEO/GM Debby Kennedy….......Newsletter Editor

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