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October Prices Received Index Down 3.5 Percent The October Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 85.1, decreased 3.5 percent from September 2018. At 80.1, the Crop Production Index decreased 9.1 percent. The Livestock Production Index, at 91.3, increased 3.4 percent. Producers received higher prices for milk, hogs, cattle, and lettuce but lower prices for grapes, soybeans, apples, and lemons. Compared with a year earlier, the Prices Received Index is down 3.1 pe
A series of upper-level weather systems, and their associated surface lows and fronts, moved across the contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week. They brought beneficial precipitation to much of the Pacific coast; parts of the northern and central Rockies, central Plains, Midwest, and Gulf of Mexico coast; and much of the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast. But they missed much of the Southwest, northern Plains, and southern Plains, where no precipitation,
Cash cheese prices plunged in the shortened Thanksgiving Week. The Cheddar blocks fell to $1.34 per pound last Tuesday, the lowest CME price since May 2016, then closed Wednesday at $1.3450, down 10 3/4-cents on the week and 26 1/2-cents below a year ago. The barrels rolled to $1.24 per pound Wednesday, approaching lows seen just four weeks ago, down 12 cents on the week, and a whopping 43 1/2-cents below a year ago. Some 15 cars of block traded hands last week at the CME and
In a normal year the amount of dairy products in inventory at processing facilities across the U.S. goes down at the end of the year. That’s because folks need butter, cheese and other dairy products to make all of those delicious Holiday treats and meals. Well, 2018 certainly hasn’t been a normal year, so the fact that cheese inventories are actually increasing shouldn’t come as a surprise. According to the October USDA cold storage report, supplies of American-style cheese
OMAHA (DTN) -- The nation's row-crop harvest and winter wheat planting made little headway last week and remained behind the five-year average pace as of Sunday, Nov. 25, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service said in its final weekly Crop Progress report of the season on Monday. Corn harvest progressed only 4 percentage points to end last week at 94% complete. That's equal to last year's pace of 94% complete but was 2 percentage points behind the five-year average of 96%. Sta
Average daily streamflows indicated in cubic feet per second.
Reservoir levels current as of midnight on date indicated. Upper Snake River system is at 59 % of capacity. (Jackson Lake,Palisades, Grassy Lake,Island Park,Ririe,American Falls,LakeWalcott) Total space available:1651695 AF Total storage capacity:4045695 AF
Overall, milk is in good balance with the needs of buyers. In view of the upcoming holiday, California Class I milk demand has softened. Schools are closing this week and don’t need that much milk. However, it is anticipated that next week, as they reopen, they will take additional loads of milk to replenish their pipelines. Most retailers have already picked up their orders for Thanksgiving. Milk production is currently stable to up. California plant managers do not anticipa
The upper-level circulation during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week consisted of a trough over the eastern contiguous U.S. (CONUS) and a ridge over the west coast. The trough, with its northwesterly flow, funneled cold and dry Canadian air masses into the central and eastern CONUS. Below-normal temperatures spread across most of the CONUS, with weekly temperature departures more than 15 degrees below normal across parts of the central Plains to Midwest. The cold fronts w
CME dairy prices strengthened the week before Thanksgiving. The Cheddar blocks fell last Monday to $1.35 per pound, lowest price since May 25, 2016. However, they rebounded and closed Friday at $1.4525, up 7 1/4-cents on the week but 16 3/4-cents below a year ago. The barrels finished at $1.36, up 5 1/2-cents on the week, 26 3/4-cents below a year ago, and a still too high 9 1/4-cents below the blocks. The three-day Thanksgiving-holiday week started with the blocks giving bac