Newsletter

Manager’s comments
by Craig Mans

    We have had a very warm winter to this point. Unfortunately, the dry weather and market volatility on inputs doesn’t have everyone feeling the most optimistic. The good news is that commodity prices are remaining strong. The dry weather did allow for us to pick up all of our uncovered grain piles with no additional damage. We still have over 2 million bushels on the ground, but the grain is
covered reducing the potential for moisture damage. We are all hoping for a wet March!
     We have had a busy winter throughout Midway. Along with picking up and moving grain, our feed department continues to push for new sales records. The Crop Production department has been busy applying fertilizer. The mild winter has left the propane business volume down.
     March is our fiscal year end. Midway is having a good year and earnings at the end of January were nearly $12 million on sales of over 140 million compared to $7 million on sales of over 100 million in 2021. Once again, this will provide strong patronage back to you. Our strong financial position has allowed for additional capital expenditures. The Downs leg and dump pit upgrade should be completed soon to provide for quicker unloading speeds during harvest. We will soon be starting a new concrete grain tank project at Portis that should be completed in time for fall harvest. We are also investing in our Feedmill with updated equipment and a new boiler. We have more projects planned for the coming years to increase speed and storage to better take care of our customers.
    Midway is currently short staffed like many other businesses in the country today. Our employee group has done a tremendous job of stepping up and helping in different aspects of the company. I am very thankful for that, and we are using different avenues to help find and recruit new employees.
    After our last newsletter went out, we saw devastating fires in our southern area. Midway sent several loads of supplies and we also were able to get a $5,000 matching grant from CHS to support the fire recovery efforts. This amounts to nearly $25,000 of support from Midway Coop.
    I appreciate and thank you for your support of our facilities, products, and services. We will continue to manage as efficiently as possible to maximize our return to you. Thanks again for your business and support.

Agronomy by Ron Reneberg

   With dry conditions persisting this year many of you may be looking at various changes to your cropping operations based on what amounts of moisture we will be blessed with at the last minute. What to plant, when to plant and even how to plant & apply seed, nutrients, herbicides and insecticides. Midway’s Agronomy department has trained, seasoned employees ready to support you in making up to date informed decisions for all your many needs. Call one of our agronomist or your local Midway branch manager for assistance with your plans.
   Much time and emphasis has been spent this past fall & winter on staying ahead of Crop Protection Product inventories. We have installed new tanks at several of our agronomy production plants allowing us to bring product in early to have it on hand ahead for your spring needs. Please plan well ahead this spring on your agronomic needs and let your local Midway manager and fieldmen help you succeed by ordering early ensuring timely delivery and application of all your crop production needs.
    Now is the time to be top-dressing your wheat with Nitrogen, Chloride and Sulfur and it’s important to get them on early. Before our spring moisture comes to help take applied nutrients to the roots for quick feeding and proper green-up. This is also a great time to apply broadleaf herbicides to your wheat if you haven’t already. Remembering last year’s wheat crop successes, we again encourage you to use a Fungicide and Kugler 342C early and then take a good look at using XRN and a second Fungicide application just before flag-leaf to help keep your wheat plants healthy. Even in dry conditions these applications have proven to more than pay for themselves.
    As we move into spring, we want to remind everyone that Midway Coop wants to be your First Choice for service. Our pledge is to provide the best and most responsive service in the area. Thank you for your continued trust in us and have a safe spring.

Grain Department
by Cullen Riner

    Hello again, I hope this letter finds everyone doing well. One thing I know everyone is hopeful for is rain! We haven’t seen much moisture since I wrote the last newsletter. The wheat crop will need a drink as it comes out of dormancy as well as the ground for row crops as planting season approaches. Hopefully March will bring us some much needed moisture.
     In February, at our winter producer meetings we talked about grain marketing and risk management. The markets are in a bullish trend right now with the Russia Ukraine conflict, concerns over South American weather and Chinese demand. This is allowing farmers the opportunity to start selling a portion of their 2022 crop. This can be a stressful process when trying to price grain. The importance of knowing input costs and having profit goals in mind can help alleviate some of the stress when it comes to making those decisions.
I want to encourage you (if you have not already) to spend a little time to get those details figured out so that marketing decisions are maximizing profitability this year. Then give us a call and we can watch the markets for you. We all know the markets have been volatile this winter, by having orders in place you are more likely to hit your target prices. Once a target price is hit, we can write a purchase contract for you.
    As I mentioned above, the grain markets have continued to rally this winter. These higher prices have allowed our producers to sell grain at levels we have not seen in several years. Currently, we have purchased over 95% of the wheat and soybeans and 85% of the corn and milo.
    We have been shipping grain consistently. At the end of November, we had several piles of grain on the ground company wide. By the time you receive this newsletter the only grain left on the ground should be corn at Alton, Bellaire, Lebanon, and milo on the ground at Lebanon and Luray. Luray is in the process of being picked up. By the end of May we are hopeful all our grain will be picked up off the
ground.
    The end of March brings Midways fiscal year to an end, and it looks like another good year for patronage rates. If you have grain stored on the farm and would like to sell that grain so it is included in patronage for this year, deliver it and have it sold by March 31st. If you are interested in doing this, contact any of our locations or the General Office, we will be glad to help you market this grain. Thank you for your loyalty to Midway Coop.

2022 MYA Price Updates and Insurance Deadlines
by Eric Mans

   It’s the time of year again to examine your ARC/PLC designation. The 2018 farm bill allows for annual changes to ARC/PLC designation and March 15th is the deadline to make those changes for the 2022 crop year. Our current increased prices make ARC more attractive than in the previous few years. KSU’s estimated Marketing Year Average (MYA) for wheat in 2021/22 price to be $7.49. The KSU estimated
MYA prices for 2021/22 corn are $5.43, grain sorghum $5.77, soybeans $12.77. If these estimates prove to be correct neither wheat, corn, grain sorghum, or soybeans would generate a payment in PLC. Farmers will need to multiply the crop payment, times payment yield, times their base acres, times 85% (Crop payment x payment yield x base acres x 85%) to generate their estimated PLC payment for their
farm(s). PLC and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) payments are subject to payment limits and sequestration cuts.
   The sales closing date for the 2022 spring planted crops is also March 15th. Any changes you want to make to your federal crop insurance policy must be made by this time. The base prices for the 2022 spring crops are being set through the month of February. At writing time, the corn price is averaging $5.80, grain sorghum is at $5.78 and soybeans are averaging $14.11. Remember with revenue policies for spring planted crops, producers get the higher of the Base Price being set now or the harvest price which is the average price
in October.
   A coverage option for those who implement EU (enterprise units) and farm in multiple counties may raise some interest. MCEU (Multi County Enterprise Units) was introduced in 2019 and allows a producer to establish a single enterprise unit by combining insured units across contiguous county lines by crop. If the primary county qualifies for EU producers may make the election by sales closing date which is March 15th.
    Midway Crop Insurance our Profit Matrix and OU/EU Optimizer can help producers get an accurate picture of what their bushel guarantees, revenue guarantees and most importantly what their net profitability will be according to their cost of production. As well as what unit structure and coverage level best fit their farming operation. We have the tools to help producers take less risk and be more profitable. For further details or questions please stop by the General Office in Osborne or call me at 785-346-5451 or my cell at 785-346-
4654.

Wheat Top Dressing
by Jeff Hammer


   What a difference a year makes! Yes, we have inflation (nontransitory cough cough), vaccine mandates, more testing, more politics, and more chaos. However, we do have a decent wheat price and POTENTIAL crop coming out of winter. Notice the bold italics on potential because as I write this, we are in an extended dry spell in which we have received essentially no beneficial moisture in the last 4 months. The good news is that we have yet to fully break dormancy so the hope of a March like 2021 saving our wheat crop is still in play, with
an excellent price to boot. 
    We know all about Kugler 342C which has a variety of essential nutrients specific to wheat for top-dress applications. It is a blend of Nitrogen, Potassium, Sulfur, Zinc, and Chloride. Nitrogen requirements on winter wheat are approximately 2 lbs./bu. We do get a nitrogen bump from spring applied N being worth more than fall applied as a greater percentage is used for spikelet formation. Sulfur and Potassium availability can come into question in more no-till environments. We have observed Sulfur deficiency in recent
years and while K deficiencies are rare in our soils, availability of K is being more investigated in no till environments due to the nutrient’s immobility in the soil. Chloride is known to be a fundamental component to disease tolerance and photosynthesis in high yielding wheat.
   (Kugler 342C analysis is: 20#Nitrogen; 3# Potassium;
            4# Sulfur; 5# Chloride; & 0.1# Zinc)
  In past years we have seen some amplified leaf burn when mixing UAN sources and sulfonylurea herbicides (Finesse, Amber, Olympus, and Powerflex) at top-dress. Quelex herbicide should also be considered as it has a short rotational window to most crops as there may be some uncertainty on later planted wheat. We do need to watch how much Nitrogen we are spraying on wheat in the spring especially if temperatures get relatively high for top-dress timing. I don’t like to recommend over 50% of the total carrier be fertilizer. XRN can help fill that gap as a 70% slow release that does not burn tissue and is a better option mixed with herbicide or fungicide in the spring.
    Copper is a nutrient that has been discussed in the past 10 years. It is an immobile micronutrient that aids in pollen tube formation. It also is essential cell component and key in protein synthesis. An effective method of applying has been somewhat challenging. We have a foliar form called Max-In Copper that can be tank mixed with other top-dress herbicides and fertilizers at a use rate of 8 oz/ac. Steady yield responses of 5 bu/ac have been observed with Max-In Copper.
    Midway Co-op is continuing the top-dress program from last year. Apply minimum 5 gal. 342C + 1-2 gal XRN+8 oz Max-In Copper along with your herbicide and Fungicide of choice (TopGuard or Priaxor) and get application discounts as low as $5/ac. For the cash and carry guys doing it themselves, receive up to $1.50 discount for adopting the whole program. With the later emerging double-crop wheat, our
top-dress program will work better a little later in the spring when the wheat can get a little size to it. Talk to your local Midway Co-op branch manager or agronomist for details on all the winter wheat top-dress options for your 2022 Wheat crop.
Thanks for your business!

Soybean Pre-Emerge Options
by Brian Mans

    It is hard to believe that springtime is just around the corner.
It seems like every year comes and goes faster than the
previous one. I know some have already made herbicide
plans for the upcoming planting season, but many still have
decisions to make. Herbicide programs in soybeans have
changed drastically the last several years, with glyphosate
resistance, Xtend and Enlist options becoming available and
new pre emerge products being introduced. Even today,
with the Xtend soybean system being used on the majority
of soybean acres, it is still vital that we invest in a good pre
emerge product. There are many options in the marketplace
to consider, so I thought I would discuss a few different
options that we at Midway feel have the best fit for our territory.
    Authority Edge will continue to be our lead product and
is the “Cadillac” of pre emerge products. Authority Edge
consists of Pyroxasulfone (Zidua) and Sulfentrazone
(Spartan). The reason we feel like Authority Edge is a better
fit in our part of the world is because of the water solubility
of the 2 herbicides. Zidua is not very water soluble,
and Spartan is very water soluble. As inconsistent as we
receive moisture, Authority Edge will do a better job controlling
weeds early if we are dry, and Zidua will be there to
pick up the slack when we do get some significant moisture
event. The rate of Authority Edge is 8-9 oz/acre.
    Another option we will have is Surveil. It is a combination
of Cloransulum (active ingredient in First Rate) and
Flumioxazin (active in Valor). Use rate is 2.8 oz/acre. It is
also a very good residual product for pigweeds. The main
watch out with Surveil is the Valor can cause crop injury if
applied close to planting and getting a moisture event
increases the herbicide availability as the hypocotol
approaches emergence. This is why we recommend applying
it at least 7 days prior to planting, especially in conventional
tillage situations.
    Lastly, Zidua is a pre emerge or early post product that
has great activity on pigweeds. It is not very soluble, taking
lots of moisture to get activated. Use rate is 3.5 oz for the
liquid formulation. With the Authority Edge taking most of
the Zidua acres, I feel like Zidua may be best suited in our
area for early post application.
   There are many other options in the marketplace, but we
feel like these options will fit most of our acres. We all know
what a headache these resistant weeds are, so the better job
we can do to prevent weeds from even coming up the better
off we are. I know dicamba resistance is a big concern, especially
with Xtend soybeans relying solely on dicamba post
emerge to control glyphosate resistant weeds. We need to
have a good pre emerge product down and also plan on layering
some more residual product down early post. If you
have any questions, or would like more information, please
contact your agronomist or your local branch manager

Corn & Milo Weed Control
by Joseph Princ

   It’s hard to believe that spring is right around the corner.
For those of you that could not attend our winter herbicide
update meetings I will be talking about weed control options
in corn and milo. As we all know weeds are not getting any
easier to kill. Without any new modes of action coming
down the line, we need to make sure we are using what still
works for us appropriately.
   Starting out with a clean field is very important when
planting corn. Early competition from weeds can create
uneven emergence and reduce plant stands. When we get out
there early to spray, we need to run 8-16 oz of Sterling Blue
to control kochia, marestail, and other winter annual weeds.
Be sure to throw in some crop oil or MSO as kochia isn’t
hard to kill when it is small but the little hairs on it can make
it hard to get chemical into the plant. Layering residual products
is the best way to manage tough to control weeds. When
planting corn, it is a good idea to use products in front of the
planter that will give us time to come back with a timely post
emerge application. What we recommend pre-emerge is 10
oz of Verdict with 1# of atrazine or 1.25 qts. of Degree Xtra.
Be sure to use an MSO with the Verdict to get the burndown
benefit from the Sharpen in it. Sterling Blue can also be
added to the tank to enhance burn down if needed as long as
corn is planted 1.5” deep. This option gives us really good
burndown and up to 3 weeks of residual control. Many people
have heard about Resicore and Acuron advertised as 1-
pass products. While these products do offer really good
weed control, 1-pass systems do not work well in our area.
Split applications of these products do work well.
There are many post spray options available for corn so I
will only talk about a few of the more economical options
that have been working. Status is a dry formulation of
dicamba with corn safener from BASF. A use rate of 5 oz
provides very good burndown control. Liberty in corn is also
another good option that is often overlooked. Liberty can be
applied to all SmartStax hybrids that we sell. Be sure to contact
your seed representative to be sure that Liberty can be
applied to your corn. 22-29 oz of Liberty with 2# AMS/ac
provides good burndown and can be applied up to V7 corn.
It is very important not to go past V7 stage because of an
adjuvant in Liberty that can cause Arrested Ear
Development. High volume (20gpa) is needed for Liberty as
it is a contact chemical and weed size needs to be small. If
you want to increase the efficacy of the Liberty, 3 oz of a
generic mesotrione, like Incinerate can be added. I want to
mention that Liberty is in short supply this year so plan
ahead.
    Milo differs from corn in the respect that we have to apply
all of our residual up front. It is very important to use good
residual products because we cannot control grass outbreaks
once the milo comes up and in-crop broadleaf treatments can
be costly and cause yield reducing crop injury. Not much has
changed on milo products. For an early burndown trip, I recommend
applying 1# atrazine with your glyphosate and
dicamba to help keep the fields fairly clean until we get to
planting. Verdict at 10 oz and 2qts of Degree Xtra is still our
first recommendation for residual products on milo at planting
time. This provides 3 modes of action that have good
broadleaf and grass control. This option is very economical
for what you get and we have really good product support
from these companies if something doesn’t work right.
Another really good option for use in milo is Lumax. A 2.5
qt rate is recommended 1 week ahead of planting to reduce
crop injury risk. If you use Lumax this will lock you out
from using Huskie over the top if needed, as they both contain
HPPD chemistry and it can be too much for milo to handle.
In the last 2 years generic mesotrione, the active ingredient
in Callisto, has become very economical. Winfield
United’s product Incinerate, can be tank mixed with Degree
Xtra or Dual products and can give you very economical
well-rounded weed control. However, this product is very
tight this year so if this is the route you want to go let us
know early to get the product saved for you.
    I hope one of these days it warms up enough for everyone
to get some work done. If you have any questions regarding
what I covered, give us a call and we will be happy to answer
them for you. I hope everyone has a safe and productive
spring.

Petroleum Department
by Terry Zvolanek

  VF TECHNOLOGY AND AGRICULTURAL TIRES
Choosing the right agricultural tires for your farm
machinery can be a demanding task. Technology is
constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep
track of all the new inventions. Perhaps you have heard
someone talking about VF tires and have asked yourself
what is VF technology?
   VF stands for Very High Flexion. It is a standard
introduced by the ETRTO (European Tire and Rim
Technical Organization) and the TRA (Tire and Rim
Association) and it is an evolution of IF (Improved
Flexion) technology.
   The VF technology allows your farm machinery to
carry heavier loads with reduced inflation pressure. In
fact, a tire using VF technology is designed to carry
40% more weight at the same air pressure as a standard
tire. The VF technology is good for the soil. As the VF
tire needs less inflation pressure, it has a larger tire
footprint and consequently reduces soil compaction.
Recent estimates have shown that over the last ten
years, more than 10% of crops have been lost to the
problem of damaging the land and crops by compacting
the soil.
   Limiting soil compaction is therefore essential to
maximize the yield per acre, while preserving both the
integrity and particular features of the soil. A plant
growing in the excessively compact soil will not be
able to draw in all the necessary nutrients. This leads to
waste of fertilizers and reduction of plant productivity.
   A VF tire does not have any clear downsides compared
to other kinds of tires. VF tires are just as robust
as other tires because they are modified to support low
pressures. In addition to the specific reinforcements on
the bead and special fabrics, they are also equipped
with a particular structure element that makes them
safe and resistant. In fact, the durability of these tires is
10% longer than the standard equivalent.
   There is a general opinion the VF tires provide more
comfort and drivability than the standard tires.
However, farmers must be aware that this is a subjective
matter depending on their preferences and what
vehicles are used for. Someone finds a flexible tire to
be the most comfortable to use, while others prefer it to
be stiffer.
   Should you equip your tractor with VF tires? The
real answer is it depends. It depends on your routine,
your transport routine, and your operation.
As each farmer is unique, and has specific needs,
preferences, and working conditions, the choice of tires
will also be totally individual. There is no universal
solution that can be the same for all farmers all over the
world.

The Feed Mill
By Dean Heise

     Breeder Mineral Season
  With the economy these days, you want to make sure every cow gets bred back in timely fashion. Post calving nutrient intake is very crucial to the ability to get the cows rebred and maintain the health
and immunity of the calf. As we look at providing the needed
vitamins and minerals, the price of mineral supplementation
is minimal compared to the price of feeding an open
cow for a year with no return. We have formulated BREEDER
XTRA mineral to maximize conception rates. It has
chelated (highly available) Zinc, Copper, Cobalt and
Manganese along with organic Selenium and elevated levels
of Vitamin E to boost the immune system as well as 5%
Magnesium for grass tetany. It also contains Moss yeast
product to help reduce scours by attaching to gram negative
bacterium (E. coli and Salmonella) to slough them out of the
system so they do not attach to the intestinal lining to create
problems. Customers that have been using this product are
seeing 95-100% conception rates. It is also grouping the
calves in a tighter calving window, 75-80% of the calves are
coming in the first 20 days. A general rule of thumb is 1 lb
of mineral per cow per week; if they are consuming too
much – add some salt to limit the consumption since they
can only adsorb so much mineral (rock) each day. Is it really
worth saving 35-50 cents per week and run the risk of having
an open cow? If you have questions on which minerals
are right for the time of the year, give us a call and we will
be glad to discuss your needs and our minerals are made here
in house so we can modify for your specific needs and wants.
We can customize any mineral you want with the addition of
Essential Oils, Fly Control, Antibiotics, Yeasts (Moss), or
Chelates.
   Bull Preparation
Now is the time to make sure bulls are physically capable
of performing for the upcoming spring and summer breeding
season. Bulls need to be in great condition to be ready for
the 20–45-day marathon season of breeding, not just with
energy (grain/grain mix) but with vitamins and trace minerals
(preferably chelated, especially high in Zinc) as well for
proper semen production and immunity. Bulls need to be in
breeding condition at least 45 days, preferably 60 days
before you plan to use them and maintain that until ready for
use because thin bulls can run out of stamina. They also need
to be ready early since the semen they produce today takes
about 6 weeks to get “used.” Semen and soundness checks
need to occur now so if you need to find a replacement, the
sales are still on and you do not have to settle for the leftovers.
                Fly Control Season
   Flies are not only annoying to you, but they are also continuously
biting and sucking blood from your livestock which
requires more energy for maintenance. More energy on the
maintenance side means there is less energy for milk production
and daily gains, hurting your pocketbook! We can add
several different things for fly control.
    The feed through control methods- JustiFly/
ClariFly/Termifly, Altosid/IGR, Rabon-need to be fed before
the flies start. All of these prevent the eggs from developing
into flies, they don’t kill flies already flying around. These
products need to be started in March most years depending on
how soon we warm up. These have been around for a long
time and have proven they work, sometimes you question
how well when you still see flies on the animals after paying
for the Larvicide. JustiFly is available to mix into loose mineral
mixes and available in salt blocks and loose salt forms.
    Garlic is newer to the market, it can be started and stopped
as you want since it works by smell. We have used it for several
years now with very good results on face flies and marginal
horn fly control. Customers were very pleased with the
reduction in pink eye cases when using the garlic mineral.
    Essential Oils have been increasing in popularity the last
several years to help with heat abatement. By lowering body
temperatures, cattle spend less time in the ponds getting foot
rot, less time standing under shade trees concentrating the
manure piles which increases fly density, and more time out
grazing so they can increase milk production and increase
average daily gains.
APRIL IS THE NEXT MINERAL PROMO MONTH. BUY 12 AND GET 1 FREE!

Technology
By Joshua Hendrich
        FieldAlytics
   FieldAlytics is our new internal program for applications
that we are rolling out this year. We will gain efficiencies on
our spray/fertilizer work by having orders digitized across
the company. If you want notified when your field is finished
let the team know when you put in the work order. Also the
new invoices for fertilizer will have a fertilizer analysis on
the bottom as per Kansas requirements.
       Variable rate application
   FieldAlytics allows use to build variable rate maps, even
if you have no data. Let the field team know if you are interested
in variable rate. Put those fertilizer $ in the right spot.
Website updates
    Our Midway Co-op website www.midwaycoop.com will
be getting a refresh on the grain bids and weather page. This
will unify the look on the website and align us for future
products and services.
      Enhanced account access
   For release this summer we will be enhancing your access to
your account. Look for details in the next newsletter. Also watch
our website and Facebook for updates.
      Credit Card Payments for Statements
  Midway Co-op now accepts Credit Cards for payment on your
account.
   Offering 2 options: In-Person at the General Office or over the
phone (785-346-5451).
         *Additional Fee Applies
         Notifications of account activities
   Our new system allows Midway to send you notifications
about your account. Statements, prepaid statements, invoices, and
several different grain forms can be emailed to you. Signup on our
website, call, or in-person at the General Office.