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What a beautiful February day! As I sit here looking out the window, visibility is maybe a quarter of a mile, snow is getting deeper by the minute, and the winds are getting stronger. Can you say blizzard warning?!?! Good thing we don’t live on the east coast…we’d be the center of the national media circus. Fortunately, those of us in the upper Midwest know how to stock up on bread, milk, beer, and staples. When its done, we scoop out and proceed as normal. Just another wonderful SD winter.

With the exception of Wednesday, we have had a down week in the energy market. Nothing drastic by any means. In the $.005 - $.015 range. Wednesday was just over a penny up and a knee jerk reaction to the EIA inventory report. Even though Saudi Arabia has cut production, Venezuela is under US sanctions and political turmoil, Lybia’s Sharara oil field is under control of Lybian National Army Forces and not producing, and Iran’s export numbers have dropped drastically due to US sanctions the markets are still in the red. Word on the street is that marketers are still very much concerned about the world economy and whether or not demand will stay ahead of supply. The other major concern is US/China trade talks. As of this week nothing has really been solved and many people close to this situation wonder if the March 2nd deadline will be met. If not, $200 billion worth of US tariffs are set to go on Chinese goods.

A blurb on diesel in the winter. #1 Ruby Fieldmaster is safely rated to -50 actual air temp. Unfortunately ULSD through the refining process has a little more water in it than the old higher sulfur content diesel. What this means for you the producer is that changing fuel filters on your bulk tanks in the spring to a 2 micron and in the fall to a 10 micron. This allows you to filter out the contaminants in the spring and summer months. Using the 10 micron in the fall still safely filters the fuel but allows the fuel to flow at a lower temp. Another issue with ULSD that has become common place is condensation. If you use your equipment on a daily basis but do not park it in a heated shop overnight, you will have condensation in your fuel tank. Today’s diesel engines run with much higher pressure and a lot more heat and also return a lot more fuel to the tank. When you shut your tractor off at night with a partial tank of warm fuel as it cools it condenses. In the morning all of this condensation enters the fuel. Todays engines and ULSD do not handle this situation as well. The way to prevent this is to fill the tank at night. It not only cools the fuel but doesn’t leave any room for condensation to form. I know this sounds like a pain, but it should save you downtime when your trying to feed cattle or move snow. If you have any questions call Myron at 448-8283 or myself and we will try to help you as best we can.

Thanks for your patronage and think spring!!


Brian Beck
Energy Department Manager/Safety Coordinator


 

Transport Price Ruby Fieldmaster 7500 gal minimum

Britton Area

$2.1463**

Aberdeen/Groton Area

$2.1216**

Doland Area

$2.1463**

Forman/Gwinner Area

$2.1459*

**Please call for exact pricing as prices are subject to change at anytime without notice.

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