Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 18

Milk production remains strong in California. Although handlers are still looking to place a few spot loads of milk, they report that milk volumes are under control this week. There was no major change in bottled milk sales. Discounted loads of milk are not as prevalent as in the past weeks. Overall, the market seems to be recuperating bit by bit from the COVID-19 pandemic. In Arizona, industry contacts report that they can now better manage their milk supplies. The peak of the spring production has passed, so milk outputs have started to decline. Despite higher temperatures, reaching the three-digit numbers, handlers are content with the milk volumes at hand. Class I intakes

March Ag Prices Received Up 3.1%, Prices Paid Decreases

March Prices Received Index Up 3.1 Percent The March Prices Received Index 2011 Base (Agricultural Production), at 93.3, increased 3.1 percent from February but was unchanged from March 2019. At 88.7, the Crop Production Index was up 3.1 percent from last month and up 1.1 percent from the previous year. The Livestock Production Index, at 97.4, increased 2.9 percent from February, but decreased 0.7 percent from March last year. Producers received higher prices during March for market eggs, lettuce, broilers, and hogs but lower prices for cattle, milk, corn, and lemons. In addition to prices, the indexes are influenced by the volume change of commodities producers market. In March, there was

This Week's Drought Summary (4/30)

An active pattern of storms brought cold, wet weather to the Northeast, rain and locally severe thunderstorms to parts of the South, lower Midwest, and Southeast. Drought areas along the western Gulf Coast missed the heaviest rains, while those in the eastern half fared better. A ridge of high pressure over the West kept conditions warm and dry. Northeast A series of weather systems brought cold, wet weather to the Northeast, keeping the region free of abnormal dryness and drought. A dip in the jet stream allowed an influx of cold air into New England and the Mid-Atlantic, setting record daily low temperatures and bringing snowfall to the northern tier and high elevations in the region. The

Expanding Overseas Markets Key to Dairy Post-COVID-19

Expanding export markets oversees is key to helping the dairy industry recover after the COVID-19 pandemic. National Milk Producers Federation vice president for trade, Shawna Morris, says work continues on "what needs to happen over the next year or two" to help the industry recover. Despite the disruptions, Morris says trade officials need to keep long-range goals of open commerce essential to returning dairy to prosperity in mind. Morris says NMPF and others are working with the federal government and others to outline the dairy industry's priorities for upcoming trade agreements, notably with the UK and Kenya. Additionally, NMPF is focusing on issues and policy barriers that had existed

Dairy Market: Cheese prices strengthen

CME cash dairy prices strengthened in cheese but declined in butter and powder last week. The Cheddar blocks closed Friday at $1.07 per pound, up 5.75 cents, ending five weeks of losses, but 61.5 cents below a year ago. The barrels finished 4.5 cents higher at $1.05, 58 cents below a year ago. Five cars of block sold and 3 of barrel. The blocks shot up 12 cents Monday on 2 unfilled bids and stayed there Tuesday, at $1.19, on 1 sale. The barrels were up 4.25 cents Monday but backed down 1.25 cents Tuesday, to $1.08, on 3 sales. The Daily Dairy Report says Monday’s jump was likely due to news that Leprino Foods will idle its Fort Morgan, Colo., facility for five days after numerous employees t

USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Corn Planting Leaps Ahead

OMAHA (DTN) -- U.S. corn planting progress leapt ahead last week, putting this year's pace ahead of the five-year average, USDA NASS said in its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. NASS estimated that 27% of this year's intended corn crop was planted as of Sunday, April 26, a gain of 20 percentage points last week from 7% at the end of the previous week. That puts this year's progress well ahead of last year's 12% and also 7 points ahead of the five-year average of 20%. The trade was expecting corn to be 22%-26% planted, said DTN Senior Analyst Dana Mantini. Notable corn-planting progress was seen in Illinois at 37% versus 31% average; Iowa at 39% versus 20% average and up 37 points for t

Dairy prices fall as milk production rises

Milk prices expected to strengthen in second half of 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its latest "Milk Production" report, showing that milk production in the 24 major states during March totaled 18.3 billion lb., up 2.4% from March 2019. Revised production for February, at 17.0 billion lb., was up 5.6% from February 2019. The February revision represented a decrease of 7 million lb., or less than 0.1% from last month's preliminary production estimate. Production per cow in the 24 major states averaged 2,072 lb. for March, 34 lb. above March 2019. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major states was 8.85 million head, 64,000 head more than March 2019 and 5,00

A decision on Holding the World Dairy Expo Coming on July 1

Staff at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, are still in the process of planning for the event this year. However, a final decision hasn’t been made yet on whether it will take place. The staff members are keeping an eye on conditions surrounding COVID-19 and its potential impact on the show. While they are still moving forward with planning the event, future health declarations, and the well-being and safety of Expo exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers are of the utmost importance and will guide their future decision-making. Out of respect to the heightened economic hardships the industry faces, a final decision to hold or cancel the 2020 edition of the World Dairy Expo will be ma

Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 17

In California, milk volumes are abundant. As so, several processors continue to receive requests to help clear some loads. Despite, currently discounted prices of spot loads, many can hardly increase their processing volumes as they are already running at full capacity. According to industry participants, spot milk is ranging from $1.50-$7.00 under Class. Class I intakes are steady compared to last week, but lower than usual. In Arizona, milk production is mostly unchanged from a week ago. Industry players continue to be challenged by abundant milk volumes and limited processing room. Many producers are pushing back on additional offers of milk. Bottled milk orders are unchan

This Week's Drought Summary (4/23)

A very active precipitation pattern impacted areas of the South into the Southeast over the last week. As with the recent storm paths, the areas along the Gulf Coast were again in an unfavorable position in which some areas did see rains, but the dryness continued. A spring snow event tracked through the Plains and into the Midwest, bringing with it a mix of rain and snow. Temperatures were cooler than normal over almost the entire CONUS region with only the coastal regions of the West and Florida being above normal for temperatures. Departures were greatest over the Midwest, where temperatures were 12-15 degrees below normal. Northeast The region has been drought-free, and conditions remain

Dairy Farmers of American Donating to Needy Families

The Dairy Farmers of America cooperative is providing dairy products to needy families. The organization announced this week the launch of its Farmers Feeding Families Fund, which hopes to raise $500,000 for community food banks across the country. Initial seed money of $200,000 has already been raised through the Cooperative's DFA Cares Foundation. DFA is already holding events such as drive-by milk giveaways at schools and donating fluid milk directly to food banks. Randy Mooney, DFA board chairman, says, “we are proud of the role we play in feeding families, and in times like these when so many are struggling, we feel passionately about doing all we can to help.” As demand for food assist

Dairy Market: Uncle Sam to the rescue

Oil prices plunged to the lowest level ever on Monday, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced initial details of a $19 billion COVID relief program for agriculture. The package includes $16 billion in direct support for farmers and $3 billion in USDA food purchases. The information is very preliminary and could change as more details emerge but the Dairy and Food Market Analyst says, “If USDA is right in its cost estimates, we believe there is enough money to bridge dairy farmers through this restaurant-closure crisis. However, processors are another story. There appears to be no aid for them.” The DFMA reports that dairy farmers will

March Milk Production up 2.4 Percent , January-March Milk Production up 2.9 Percent

March Milk Production up 2.4 Percent Milk production in the 24 major States during March totaled 18.3 billion pounds, up 2.4 percent from March 2019. February revised production at 17.0 billion pounds, was up 5.6 percent from February 2019. The February revision represented a decrease of 7 million pounds or less than 0.1 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate. Adjusting February production for the additional day due to leap year causes February revised production to be up 1.9 percent on a per day basis. Production per cow in the 24 major States averaged 2,072 pounds for March, 34 pounds above March 2019. The number of milk cows on farms in the 24 major States was 8.85 mill

USDA Weekly Crop Progress - Winter Wheat in Good-to-Excellent Condition Drops 5 Percentage Points

OMAHA (DTN) -- The percentage of U.S. winter wheat in good-to-excellent condition dropped last week. In its weekly Crop Progress report on Monday, USDA NASS estimated that 57% of the nation's winter wheat was rated in good-to-excellent condition, down 5 percentage points from 62% the previous week. Forty-six percent of the winter wheat crop in top winter wheat-producer Kansas was rated good to excellent, down 4 percentage points from 50% the previous week. Row-crop planting ended the week slightly ahead of last year's pace. In its first soybean-planting report of the season, USDA NASS estimated 2% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, April 19, slightly ahead of 1% at the same time last year

Tom Vilsack discusses COVID-19 impact on dairy industry

The CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council calls on Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to help farmers now. Tom Vilsack, CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council and former ag secretary, did not hold back when describing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on dairy farmers. “I think it’s fair to say the pandemic has been a gut punch for all farmers, but primarily dairy farmers,” Vilsack said. “We have seen Class III milk prices drop 36% at a time when dairy farmers were just starting to see a recovery.” Vilsack spoke to members of the media during a teleconference with the National Dairy Checkoff on April 10. He explained what he and the USDEC are doing to boost milk exports during the coronavirus p

Fluid Milk and Cream - Western U.S. Report 16

In California, milk outputs are stable to a bit up. Many processors continue to receive requests to process more milk. However, most of them don't have room to take additional loads. According to industry contacts, there is an overabundance of milk within the state. Class I deliveries are steady compared to the previous week. Milk transportation is going on without any issue. Milk yield in Arizona continues on a strong tone. Some manufacturers had to decline taking additional loads of milk as they do not have the capacities to process them. Milk prices continue to be lower and supplies exceed current demands. Balancing activities are ongoing. Class I sales are unchanged from

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