July Agricultural Prices Received Index Down 2.9 Percent, Prices Paid Unchanged

July Prices Received Index Down 2.9 Percent The July Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 89.8, decreased 2.9 percent from June 2019. At 86.7, the Crop Production Index decreased 1.3 percent. The Livestock Production Index, at 93.4, decreased 3.7 percent. Producers received lower prices for broilers, market eggs, celery, and cattle but higher prices for corn, milk, onions, and cotton. Compared with a year earlier, the Prices Received Index is down 2.0 percent. The Crop Production Index decreased 0.2 percent and the Livestock Production Index decreased 2.3 percent. The indexes are calculated using commodity prices and volumes of commodities that producers market. Increased mont

American Dairy Coalition Seeks Scientific Review of EPA Nitrate Study

The American Dairy Coalition wants a scientific review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 nitrate report. In a letter to EPA Director Andrew Wheeler, the coalition says the 2013 report never received a proper scientific review, and is a “flawed and damaging” report. The EPA Yakima Nitrate Report began in 2010 and was published in 2012 and 2013. The coalition says the report has been proven false by fifteen national agricultural science experts, and was developed without the peer-review required on "influential science information" as the study was categorized. Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition, says, "It is vital that the administration demonstrate their commitme

Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 35

In California, milk output is flat. Supplies are adequate for current sales. However, they are expected to increase during the Labor Day holiday as many processing facilities will be closed. Meanwhile, fluid milk demand is steady to a bit up, whereas Class II sales are steady. Arizona milk yield has increased a bit this week. Out-of-state milk is still being used to complement processing needs as in-state supplies are not sufficient. Handlers continue to take their usual loads of milk. Class I sales are steady to down as educational institutions prepare to close for the holiday. In New Mexico, more milk is going to balancing plants this week. Milk output has bounced back from last week's dec

This Week's Drought Summary (8/29)

Summer thunderstorms brought heavy rainfall to the Central Plains into parts of the Northeast, with showers and thunderstorms also occurring across parts of the Northwest, Southern Rockies, and Central Gulf Coast. Below-average temperatures accompanied the heavy precipitation for the most part. The Southwest saw little to no rain and record to near-record heat, while heat and humidity continued to the east. The above-average temperatures and dry conditions brought elevated fire risk over the Great Basin and portions of the northern Intermountain West. South central Alaska remained dry and fires continued to burn, with smoke warnings in effect. Heavy rains, flash flooding, and severe weather

Dairy prices weaken

Cheese traders took the Cheddar blocks to $1.91 per pound last Tuesday, highest level since November 2016, but they closed Friday at $1.88, unchanged on the week but 21 cents above a year ago. The barrels plunged to $1.6650 Thursday and stayed there Friday, a dime lower on the week and the lowest CME price since June 18, but still 6 1/2-cents above a year ago and a headache-producing 21 1/2-cents below the blocks. Eleven cars of block traded hands on the week and 32 of barrel. Monday’s trading left the cheese at Friday’s close. The blocks inched down a quarter-cent Tuesday, to $1.8775. The barrels were up 1 1/2-cents, advancing to $1.68, reducing the spread to 19 3/4-cents. This we

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn, Soybean Condition Ratings Up; Development Still Behind Norm

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn and soybean conditions improved slightly last week, but remain at a seven-year low, according to the latest USDA NASS Crop Progress report released Monday. Development of both crops also remains well behind normal. As of Sunday, Aug. 25, the U.S. corn crop was rated 57% in good-to-excellent condition, up 1 percentage point from 56% the previous week. That was in line with what traders were expecting this week, said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. Corn's current condition rating compares to last year's 68% and is the lowest good-to-excellent rating for this time of year in seven years. Major corn-producing states with the worst good-to-excellent ratings are Indiana, Misso

Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 34

California milk production is flat to down, but it is balanced with the needs of buyers. Less milk is going to balancing plants' accounts as most of it is being used up by lower Classes of milk. With schools being back in session in many parts of the state, bottled milk intakes continue to increase. In Arizona, milk production has declined this week. The weather has been very hot, putting stress on cows and on their ability to produce milk. Milk supplies are not enough to satisfy all processing obligations. Some milk is moving from Utah to Arizona. Nevertheless, a few plants were still not running at capacities due to the lack of enough milk. Class I sales are steady whereas Class II demand

This Week's Drought Summary (8/22)

The United States is in the thralls of summer, and with that can come heat, flash droughts, and occasional, if not frequent, thunderstorm activity. Several areas of the U.S. experienced extreme heat this past week, particularly notable across much of the South and in the East. Parts of western Texas and eastern New Mexico were 6-10 degrees F above their typical averages, with little rainfall to speak of in much of the region. On the other hand much of the northern tier of the U.S. into the Upper Midwest was cool for this time of year, although precipitation amounts there were a mixed bag. In the Southwest, the North American monsoon continues to fail, worsening conditions in areas that had r

U.S. Dairy Seeks Swift Trade Deal with Japan

A coalition of U.S. dairy groups is urging the Trump administration to reach a trade agreement with Japan quickly. More than 70 dairy groups and companies sent a letter to Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week asking the administration to finalize a strong trade deal with Japan quickly. The coalition, including the National Milk Producers Federation and U.S. Dairy Export Council, say Japan is an established market with a growing demand for dairy products. The letter states that a robust trade agreement with Japan "will bring a much-needed boost to the economic health of the U.S. dairy industry." The letter says the Japan-EU agreement and the

July milk production up slightly

U.S. milk production inched ever so slightly higher in July. The Agriculture Department’s latest Milk Production report showed preliminary output at 18.3 billion pounds, up fractionally from July 2018. Output in the 24 top producing states hit 17.5 billion pounds, up 0.1%, with 11 out of the 24 in negative territory. Revisions added 26 million pounds to the original June total, now put at 18.26 billion pounds, down 0.2% from June 2018. July cow numbers in the 50 states totaled 9.31 million head, down 9,000 from June and 82,000 head below a year ago. Output per cow averaged 1,969 pounds, up 10 pounds from June and 17 pounds above a year ago. California output was up 2.5% from a year

17,000 Dairy Farmers Enroll in New Safety Net

Nearly 17,000 dairy producers have signed up for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program. The Department of Agriculture Monday reported the data with a reminder the sign-up period closes September 20. The program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, known as the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. USDA undersecretary Bill Northey calls the enrollment data encouraging but says, "we are hopeful that we will get more folks in the door." To date, more than 60 percent of dairies with established production histories have enrolled in the program. Wisconsin has seen the most participants with m

USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Corn, Soybean Condition Down 1 Percentage Point

OMAHA (DTN) -- Good-to-excellent condition ratings for both U.S. corn and soybeans slipped slightly last week, according to the latest USDA NASS Crop Progress report released Monday. As of Sunday, Aug. 18, the U.S. corn crop was rated 56% in good-to-excellent condition, down 1 percentage from 57% the previous week. That compares to last year's 68% and is the lowest good-to-excellent rating for this time of year in seven years. The crop's poor-to-very-poor rating category gained 1 percentage point to reach 14%. "States with the worst good-to-excellent ratings are Indiana, Ohio and Missouri, while among major states, Nebraska had the best rating at 74% good to excellent," said DTN Senior Analy

July Milk Production in the United States up slightly

July Milk Production up 0.1 Percent Milk production in the 24 major States during July totaled 17.5 billion pounds, up 0.1 percent from July 2018. June revised production, at 17.4 billion pounds, was up 0.2 percent from June 2018. The June revision represented an increase of 26 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,993 pounds for July, 16 pounds above July 2018. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.77 million head, 60,000 head less than July 2018, and 8,000 head less than June 2019. July Milk Production in the United States up slightly Milk production in the United States

Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 33

Milk production has increased a bit in California. While Class III sales are up, Class I orders are mixed. Bottling orders have picked up in some areas as pipelines are being filled for the new school session. Milk offers are in good balance with overall demand. In Arizona, milk output is steady because the low level of humidity is helping keep dairy cows comfortable. Bottled milk requests are flat. Class II sales remain active. Processing plants are running slightly below capacities. Some milk is coming from other states to supplement processing needs in Arizona. Class I milk demand has improved in New Mexico as educational institutions have reopened their doors after the summer b

This Week's Drought Summary (8/15)

Rainfall this week was highly variable across the eastern two-thirds of the country, which is not unusual during summer. Heavy rain was common in the High Plains, and from the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma northward in the Great Plains. Generally 2 to locally 5 inches of rain soaked the Plains from northern and eastern Kansas northward into the central Dakotas, and similar totals were spottier in central Montana, in the middle Mississippi Valley, across northern Minnesota, from the central Ohio Valley through the central Appalachians, over northern New England, and from the Florida Peninsula into southeastern Georgia. Scattered to isolated amounts of 2 to 3 inches were observed from t

Dairy Market: Block prices highest since 2016

Cheddar block cheese shot up to $1.8675 per pound last Tuesday, the highest level since Nov. 22, 2016, but stayed there the rest of the week, up 4 3/4-cents on the week and 21 cents above a year ago. The barrels finished Friday at $1.72, up 2 3/4-cents on the week, and 10 cents above a year ago, but the spread was at a still too high 14 3/4-cents. Traders left the cheese at Friday’s close, both Monday and Tuesday, as they absorbed the USDA’s latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Dairy Market News reports that spot milk offers are “few and far between for Midwestern cheesemakers.” Some contacts relay milk loads are headed east. Loads ranged from Class to $1.50 over Cla

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