From The Manager’s Desk
We hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year.
Last month we lost one of our past Board of Directors and Chairman, Mike Bules. Mike served on your Co-op Board for 15 years and helped with its continued success. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. We will miss him.
On December 30, 2020 wheat was $5.40 bu., corn was $4.85 bu. Iliff corn was $4.90 and millet was $24.00 cwt. 2021 wheat is $5.45.
Anyone interested in contracting fuel for this year needs, call Phil at 970-520-3881.
TIPS FOR WINTER ENGINE PERFORMANCE
A primary cause of winter fuel-related problems is tanks that are not properly “blended down”, meaning fuel has a higher operability than intended. Blending down a tank is done by adding #1 diesel fuel to #2 diesel fuel. This helps maintain cold weather flow characteristics, increasing the operability of the fuel. To ensure quicker, smoother starts, pay close attention to the true measure of your diesel fuel’s cold weather performance – operability and cold filter plugging point (CFPP) – and the cetane number.
Tips to properly blend down your tank
1) If fuel in the tank is at or above its cloud point, (The cloud point refers to the fuel's temperature as it begins to thicken and "cloud.") biodiesel or cold flow additives will stratify or not blend into the fuel (causing filter clogs)
2) Make sure the fuel temperature is at least ten degrees above cloud point before blending down.
3) Adding 10% of #1 fuel typically reduces cloud point of fuel by 3 degrees.
Note: Adding #1 fuel to #2 fuel at or below cloud point will not properly blend unless the #1 fuel is warm enough to rise the fuel temperature above the CFPP.
USE CENEX WINTERIZED PREMIUM DIESEL FUELS
Only Cenex Winterized Diesel Fuels deliver superior cold weather operability without sacrificing engine performance and protection. Choose from these fuels, all specially-formulated for extreme winter conditions:
1) Cenex wintermaster premium diesel fuel: -30 degrees F operability, 55 degrees CFPP and 48 cetane (typically)
2) Cenex roadmaster XL fieldmaster seasonally enhanced premium diesel fuels: -25 degrees CFPP and 48 cetane (typically)
3) #1 diesel with Cenex premium diesel additive package: Use it to blend down your Cenex premium diesel fuel tanks during transition from summer to fall/winter, ensuring additives remain at proper levels.
FOLLOW THESE HELPFUL GUIDELINES
1) Clean and drain water from storage tanks if you haven’t already completed your fall tank maintenance
2) Replace fuel filters on storage and vehicle tanks; a waterlogged filter will swell and freeze, reducing the porosity and restricting flow.
NOT ALL WINTERIZED DIESEL FUELS ARE THE SAME
When comparing gas prices keep in mind that you are comparing apples to apples. Most competitors post their 85 octane as their cheap price. We sell 87 octane which is better for your vehicle. So compare the 87 octane price to ours and I think you will find we are very competitive and probably cheaper than most.
Keep your feed truck drivers, fuel truck drivers and propane truck drivers in mind when removing snow from your yard. It makes their job a lot easier if they can get to where they need to fill your tanks!
Have a good New Year.
Phillip M. Schumacher