October Ag Prices Received Decreases, Prices Paid Rises

October Prices Received Index Down 2.6 Percent The October Prices Received Index 2011 Base (Agricultural Production), at 84.7, decreased 2.6 percent from September and 0.6 percent from October 2018. At 81.2, the Crop Production Index was down 6.3 percent from last month but up 1.2 percent from the previous year. The Livestock Production Index, at 90.3, increased 3.4 percent from September but decreased 1.2 percent from October last year. Producers received lower prices during October for apples, market eggs, and strawberries but higher prices for cattle, lettuce, milk, and broilers. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the volume change of commodities producers market. In Oct

This Week's Drought Summary (11/27)

Mild weather returned across much of the country for several days, following a mid-November cold blast in the central and eastern United States. Meanwhile, significant precipitation fell during the drought-monitoring period in several areas, including the Southwest and interior Southeast. The Southwestern precipitation, which reversed a drying trend that began with a sub-par monsoon season, provided much-needed moisture and limited drought relief. In contrast, little precipitation fell in the Northwest, which continued to experience an increase in dryness-related impacts (e.g. poor snowpack, low streamflow, and dry soils). Farther east, rain further chipped away at lingering dryness across t

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In California, the current weather is ideal for milk production. Milk yield is at anticipated seasonally high levels. Tests on incoming loads are showing improvements in component levels. Bottled milk demands are trending lower, but the manufacturers of some other Classes of milk are taking in the volumes of milk left by Class I. The plants that will remain opened during the holiday have enough capacities to manage the milk holdovers that are expected toward the end of this week. Milk production in Arizona is flat. Most Class II demands have now been filled. Processors are just taking care of a few last-minute order deliveries. According to contacts, this year, Class II sales have been less

Cheese price trends spotty

Declines in CME cheese prices appeared to pause last week as traders awaited Friday afternoon’s October Cold Storage report. The Cheddar blocks fell to $1.8375 per pound last Tuesday, lowest price since Aug. 2, but closed Friday at $1.8425, still 4.75 cents lower on the week and the third consecutive week of decline, but were 49.75 cents above a year ago, when they lost 10.75 cents. The barrels dipped to $2.15 last Tuesday but closed Friday at $2.1850, down 1.25 cents on the week and 94.5 cents above a year ago, when they rolled 12 cents lower. They were still at an inverted 34.25 cents above the blocks. Only 9 cars of block traded hands last week at the CME and 3 of barrel. Traders

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - 16% of Corn, 6% of Soybeans Left to Harvest

OMAHA (DTN) -- When farm families gather around the table for Thanksgiving later this week and say what they're thankful for, one thing some farmers won't be listing is a finished harvest. As of Sunday, Nov. 24, 16% of the corn crop and 6% of soybeans were still in the field, according to USDA NASS' latest Crop Progress report released Monday. It's because of that delay in bringing in the last of the crops that NASS announced last week it will continue to issue its weekly Crop Progress reports beyond the originally scheduled end date of Nov. 25. The agency said in a news release that it will evaluate the harvest progress for all crops each week to determine how long to continue the report. N

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In California, milk yield is stable. Bottled milk demand is declining because educational institutions are set to close next week for the holiday. Milk supplies are plentiful, but manufacturing plants have enough processing capacities to manage all the loads. Last minute Class II orders are being fulfilled. In Arizona, despite increasing milk output, production is still below last year's levels. Manufacturers are requesting more Class II milk to fill holiday requests. Class I sales are down as schools prepare to close for Thanksgiving. The rain in some parts of the state has caused some delays with milk delivery schedules. In New Mexico, milk supplies are stable. Processors' demands for m

This Week's Drought Summary (11/21)

Following a harsh, early-season cold outbreak, which peaked from November 11-14 across the central and eastern United States, temperatures began to rebound. Although cool conditions lingered for several days in the East, above-normal temperatures quickly returned across the nation’s mid-section. In the days following the cold snap, significant precipitation was limited to areas from southern Texas into parts of the Southeast. The rain further eased Southeastern drought that had peaked in coverage and intensity during the first half of October. Meanwhile, patchy, generally light precipitation stretched across the northern U.S., including the Midwest. Higher totals were observed in a few spots

October milk production up 1.3%

The Agriculture Department reports preliminary October output at a bearish 18.1 billion pounds, up 1.3% from October 2018. Output in the top 24 states totaled 17.3 billion, up 1.7%. Revisions also added 7 million pounds to the original September total, now put at 17.7 billion, up 1.3% from September 2018. Cow numbers were up in October. The 50-state count totaled 9.327 million head, up 5,000 from the September count, which was revised up 7,000 cows, but is still 40,000 head below a year ago. Output per cow averaged 1,941 pounds, up 51 pounds from September and 33 pounds above a year ago. California output was up 2.8%, thanks to a 60-pound gain per cow offsetting 5,000 fewer cows milked. Wisc

October Milk Production Climbs

October Milk Production up 1.7 Percent Milk production in the 24 major States during October totaled 17.3 billion pounds, up 1.7 percent from October 2018. September revised production, at 16.8 billion pounds, was up 1.7 percent from September 2018. The September revision represented an increase of 7 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 1,964 pounds for October, 33 pounds above October 2018. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.81 million head, 1,000 head less than October 2018, but 5,000 head more than September 2019. October Milk Production in the United States

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 76% Harvested; Soybeans 91% Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. soybean harvest has entered the home stretch, while about a quarter of the corn crop remains to be harvested as of Sunday, Nov. 17, according to USDA NASS' latest Crop Progress report released Monday. Nationwide, corn harvest moved ahead another 10 percentage points to reach 76% complete as of Sunday, 16 percentage points behind the five-year average of 92%. That was slightly nearer to normal than the previous week when harvest was running 19 percentage points behind the five-year average. "USDA's latest corn harvest estimate is down from the five-year average of 92% and the slowest pace since 54% was harvested on Nov. 15, 2009," said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. "N

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California milk production is following seasonally higher trends. Milk is moving to the intended Classes with no big deviation from usual volumes. Processing plants are running near full capacities. Interests from bottlers are unchanged from a week ago. Class II demand is somewhat up. Arizona milk output is stable to a bit up. Weather conditions are favorable for milk production as well as improved milk solids content. Class I demand is steady compared to last week. Processing plants are running according to expected schedules. With recent changes to weather conditions in New Mexico, milk yield has been fluctuating from day to day. However, the total weekly loads are about the same as in the

This Week's Drought Summary (11/14)

Much of the eastern half of the country saw widespread snow and rain combined with record-breaking cold during the Drought Monitor week ending Tuesday, November 12. The combination helped alleviate short-term dryness and drought in much of Texas, the Ohio River Valley, the Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. Meanwhile, the dry pattern continued across California and the Great Basin, leading to a deterioration in conditions. Six weeks into the water year, many parts of the country have yet to see any precipitation, while higher than normal temperatures have kept evaporative demand high. Northeast Improvements continued this week in the Northeast with the removal of pockets of abnormal dryness (D0) f

Dairy Market: Cheese dips

Just as roller coasters climb they also come down and the first week of November saw that happen in cheese. The Cheddar blocks closed Nov. 8 at $2.0150 per pound, down 14 cents on the week but still 63.5 cents above a year ago. The barrels soared to $2.39 per pound last Wednesday, highest since Sept. 25, 2014 and a dime shy of the record set Sept. 22 of that year, but they fell to a Friday close at $2.33, a half-cent higher on the week, $1.0250 above a year ago, and an inverted 31.5 cents above the blocks. Traders left the blocks unchanged on Veterans Day, but took them down 7.5 cents Tuesday, to $1.94, lowest since Sept. 26 and 29.75 cents below their Sept. 16 peak for the year. The barrels

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report - Corn 66% Harvested; Soybeans 85% Harvested

OMAHA (DTN) -- The percentage of U.S. corn and soybeans harvested moved ahead by double digits again last week but remained the furthest behind average in a decade as of Sunday, Nov. 10, according to USDA NASS' latest Crop Progress report released Tuesday. The report is normally released on Mondays but was delayed this week due to the Veterans Day holiday. Nationwide, corn harvest picked up speed last week, moving ahead another 14 percentage points to reach 66% as of Sunday. That was still 19 percentage points behind the five-year average of 85% but was slightly nearer to normal than the previous week when harvest was running 23 percentage points behind the five-year average. "USDA's estimat

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