This Week's United States Drought Summary (5/31)

Hot weather (daytime high temperatures in the 90's) stretched from Arizona eastward to Louisiana early in the drought week, before spreading rapidly northward over the Great Plains and much of the Mississippi Valley. Some locations reported triple-digit heat during the week, associated with an amplifying ridge in the middle troposphere over the central contiguous U.S. Though the observed weekly precipitation pattern was largely convective in nature, both AHPS and ACIS depict the heavier precipitation amounts (over an inch) generally across the Southeast, the central Gulf Coast area, and the northern and central High Plains. These areas of heavier rainfall were associated with Subtropical Sto

April Agricultural Prices Received And Paid Decreases

April Prices Received Index Decreased 2.2 Percent The April Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 92.8, decreased 2.2 percent from March 2018. At 88.0, the Crop Production Index increased 0.6 percent. The Livestock Production Index, at 95.8, decreased 4.0 percent. Producers received higher prices for broilers, milk, corn, and hay but lower prices for market eggs, cattle, lettuce, and hogs. Compared with a year earlier, the Prices Received Index is down 3.1 percent. The Crop Production Index decreased 3.1 percent and the Livestock Production Index decreased 3.7 percent. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the volume change of commodities producers market. Increa

Climatologists bet on El Nino, warm months ahead

Federal forecasters see an El Nino moving in and bringing warmer and drier weather The odds now strongly favor an El Nino forming in the Pacific Ocean, federal climatologists said Thursday, tilting the long-range weather outlook toward a warm 2018-19 winter in the Northwest. The cool waters that ruled the seas along the equator since last fall have warmed to normal or just-below normal temperatures. The federal Climate Prediction Center, a branch of the National Weather Service, puts the chances that waters will heat to El Nino levels by December at 70 percent. El Nino winters are generally warmer and drier in the northern U.S. But it’s not a sure bet, Washington State Climatologist Nick Bon

Dairy prices begin climbing

Dairy prices strengthened early last week, then backed off, as traders reacted to the bullish April Milk Production report, Chinese officials announcing over the weekend that China wants to avert a trade war with the U.S. and will “substantially reduce the trade deficit” and agree to “meaningful increases in U.S. agriculture and energy exports.” The markets were also anticipating the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. CME block Cheddar ended the week at $1.61 per pound, up 2 3/4-cents, reversing two weeks of decline, but is 12 1/4-cents below a year ago. The Cheddar barrels closed at $1.5450, up 1 1/4-cents on the week and 6 1/2-cents above a year ago, with 12 cars of block selling on the week a

USDA Crop Progress - US Corn Planting Progress Surpasses Five-Year Average

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn planting progress reached 92% complete nationwide as of Sunday, May 27, 2018, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Tuesday. The report was delayed a day due to the Memorial Day holiday. "In general, planting paces have moved slightly ahead of their slow early starts in 2018 and have lost most of their concerns," DTN Analyst Todd Hultman said. "92% of U.S. corn has been planted, slightly ahead of its five-year average with only Michigan and Pennsylvania reporting significant delays from their five-year averages. USDA's good-to-excellent rating of 79% results in a DTN Corn Condition Index of 188, the highest since 2007."

OIE adopts antimicrobial definitions

Definitions differentiate veterinary medical use and non-veterinary medical use, with latter including growth promotion. At the occasion of the 86th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) held May 20-25 in Paris, France, the OIE member countries discussed several revisions to OIE international standards and guidelines, resulting in stronger veterinary supervision of the use of antimicrobials in animals worldwide. OIE and its 181 member countries have built over 10 years a comprehensive set of international standards and guidelines, providing a framework for responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial products in animals and for the surveillance and monitoring of a

This Week's Drought Summary (5/24)

The active weather pattern persisted across most of the nation, though unfavorably dry, hot weather lingered over parts of the South and Southwest. During the 7-day period ending Tuesday morning, areas of heavy to excessive rainfall provided widespread drought relief across the central and southern Atlantic Coast States and from Texas northward into Montana and the Dakotas. Conversely, short-term dryness intensified along the central Gulf Coast, while worsening drought conditions were noted in portions of Arizona and Oregon. Likewise, short-term dryness continued to develop in parts of New England. Please note the wet weather pattern continued through the week; any rain that fell after 12z T

Cheese prices slip, then rebound

Mid-May cheese prices headed south as traders absorbed last week’s Global Dairy Trade auction and awaited Friday afternoon’s April Milk Production report. The blocks closed Friday morning at $1.5825 per pound, down a nickel on the week, 8 3/4-cents below a year ago, and the lowest CME price in six weeks. The barrels closed at $1.5325, down 8 3/4-cents on the week but 6 1/4-cents above a year ago. There were 7 cars of block sold last week at the CME and 32 of barrel. Monday’s block price jumped 5 3/4-cents, as traders considered Friday’s bullish Milk Production report and a Chinese announcement over the weekend that China seeks to avert a trade war with the U.S., will “substantially reduce th

USDA Crop Progress - US Corn Planting Progress Catches Up to Average; Northern States Still Behind

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn planting progress reached 81% complete nationwide as of Sunday, May 20, equal to the five-year average, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday. Nationwide, corn planting progress jumped 19 percentage points last week, up from 62% the previous week. States showing the largest gaps behind their five-year averages were Pennsylvania, which was 29 points behind average; South Dakota, 15 points behind average; Michigan, 13 points behind average; Wisconsin, 10 points behind average; and Minnesota, 7 points behind average. Corn emergence, at 50% nationwide as of Sunday, was slightly behind last year's 51% but ahead of the

Fluid Milk and Cream — Western U.S.

(USDA Market News) May 17 In California, milk production was steady this week. Good weather outcomes are keeping a good comfort level for cows. Milk supplies are adequate to meet all buyers’ needs. Processing plants are working well to handle the available milk intakes. Bottled milk sales are steady, but expected to decrease in the coming weeks as schools close for the summer break. Arizona farm milk output is steadily decreasing in line with what is expected for this time of the year. Milk volumes are more manageable now and processing plant managers are doing maintenance work they couldn’t schedule a few weeks ago. Class I demand continues to be even. In Arizona, 85 percent of alfalfa hay

This Week's Drought Summary (5/16)

During the 7-day period ending Tuesday morning, areas of locally heavy rain provided drought relief from the Plains to the East Coast, though much of the Southeast was dry. Toward the end of the time frame, an influx of tropical moisture associated with a slow-moving disturbance generated heavy to excessive rainfall in Florida, with rain associated with this broad area of unsettled weather overspreading the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States after the data cutoff for this week’s analysis; any rain that falls after 12z Tuesday (8 a.m., EDT) will be incorporated into the following week’s drought assessment. In contrast, dry, hot weather maintained or exacerbated drought from the southern Hig

Dairy prices mixed again

Cash dairy product prices were mixed the second week of May. Block Cheddar climbed to $1.7025 per pound last Tuesday, the highest since Nov. 15, 2017, but saw a clo se Friday at $1.6325, down 3 1/4-cents on the week and a quarter-cent below year ago. Barrel hit $1.6525 Monday, the highest price since Dec. 15, 2017, but finished at $1.62, up 2 cents on the week and 9 cents above a year ago. The blocks were up three-quarter-cents Monday and stayed there Tuesday, at $1.64, as traders absorbed the morning’s Global Dairy Trade auction. The barrels lost 2 cents Monday and held there at $1.60 Tuesday. Dairy Market News reports that Central cheesemakers suggest that buying is day-to-day, as buyers w

USDA Crop Progress - Corn Planting Almost Catches Up to Average Pace

OMAHA (DTN) -- Farmers continued to put the pedal to the metal last week, pushing planting progress ahead another 23 percentage points and nearly catching up to the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday. NASS estimated that 62% of corn was planted as of Sunday, May 13, up from 39% the previous week. Last week's planting progress lagged the five-year average pace of 63% by only 1 percentage point. Farmers made the most progress in Minnesota where planting jumped a whopping 31 percentage points from 9% the previous week to 40% complete as of Sunday. South Dakota was the furthest behind last week with 21% of corn

This Week's Drought Summary (5/10)

This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw scattered showers and thunderstorms across portions of the South, southern and central Plains, Midwest, and Northeast. This week’s storm activity led to targeted improvements in drought-related conditions in portions of Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and Florida while conditions deteriorated in parts of the Desert Southwest, northern Plains, and the Midwest. Across most of the continental U.S., average temperatures for the week were well above normal including some recording-breaking heat last week in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast where temperatures soared into the 90s. In the southern and central Plains, concerns continue with regard to the condition of th

Most dairy prices perk up in May

Dairy prices started May mixed. Block Cheddar closed Friday at $1.6650 per pound, up 4 1/2-cents on the week and 6 1/2-cents above a year ago when it jumped 12 cents. The barrels skyrocketed to $1.6025 last Tuesday, the highest price since Dec. 15, 2017, but finished Friday at $1.60, up 11 1/4-cents on the week and 15 cents above a year ago. The blocks were up 2 3/4-cents Monday and gained a penny Tuesday, hitting $1.7025, the highest price since Nov. 15, 2017. The barrels gained 5 1/4-cents Monday but gave back a quarter-cent Tuesday, slipping to $1.65. The cheese market tone remains uncertain, according to Dairy Market News, but Central sales activity is reported as “fair to up slightly.”

USDA Crop Progress - Corn Planting Races Ahead

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn planting progress jumped 12 percentage points again last week and narrowed the gap between this year's progress and the five-year average pace, according to the USDA National Ag Statistics Service weekly Crop Progress report released Monday. NASS estimated that 39% of corn was planted as of Sunday, May 6, up from 17% the previous week. Last week's planting progress lagged the five-year average pace by only 5 percentage points compared to the previous week when planting lagged 10 percentage points behind average. Compared to five-year average paces, Minnesota was the most delayed at 9% versus a five-year average of 44% corn planted for this time of year, noted DTN Analyst

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