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Cheese down, Class III up

Dairy markets continue the trend of declining cheese prices and increasing Class III prices this week. On Thursday, cheddar barrels declined another 3.75 cents to close at $2.18 while blocks held steady at $2.21. Class III futures with strong increases, May added 45 cents, June increased 48 cents, July was up 50 cents. There were […]
     


It’s not just milk

There is concern in the dairy industry with the continued decline of fluid milk consumption. USDA reports packaged fluid milk product disappearance declined more than 2 percent last year. The third consecutive yearly decline. But dairy is not alone, sales of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent last year and Beverage Digest says per capita […]
     


Chobani gets $750 mil

New York-based Chobani continues to grow. Private equity firm TPG Capital is loaning $750 million to the yogurt company. TPG gets a couple of seats on the Chobani board but founder Hamdi Ulukaya (HAM-dee ooh-la-KIE-ah) retains majority ownership and the chair of the board. There has been speculation that Chobani is considering going public, TPG […]
     


Wisconsin issues record number of export certificates

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a record 3,300 plant product export certificates from January through March of this year. This is 11 percent more than the previous record set in 2010. Department officials credit the economic boom in Asian markets for the growth. Exporters need phytosanitary or plant health […]
     


Winter took a toll on northern grape crops

The Illinois grape crop took a hit from the harsh winter weather and will likely be reduced this year. Dick Faltz, is viticulture chairman of the Illinois Grape Growers and owner of Fox Valley Winery in Oswego in northeastern Illinois. He says 50 to 75% of the crop in Northern Illinois has primary bud loss, “We […]
     


Wheat watching weather, Black Sea region

Soybeans were higher on fund and commercial buying. Old crop exports were a new marketing year low, but it was another strong week for the shipments. The near term supply remains tight, even with signs of increased U.S. imports, of not only soybeans, but soybean meal. Soybean meal was up, following beans, and bean oil […]
     


Poultry production posts 2% year to year increase

According to USDA, domestic poultry production for March 2014 was 3.602 billion pounds, 2% more than in March 2013. The preliminary live weight was 4.765 billion pounds, also up 2%, with most of the total young chickens. Young chickens averaged 5.98 pounds per bird and mature chickens averaged 5.57 pounds, while turkeys averaged 31.1 pounds. […]
     


March red meat production down 5% on year

USDA reports commercial red meat production during March 2014 was 3.815 billion pounds, 5% less than the March 2013 total. Beef was pegged at 1.938 billion pounds, also down 5% on the year, with the kill declining 5% to 2.451 million head and the average live weight gaining five pounds to 1,318 pounds. Veal came […]
     


The cash cattle trade is delayed until Friday

The cash cattle trade was quiet on Thursday afternoon with just a few token bids renewed in the South at 142.00. One regional buyer in Nebraska bid as high as 236.00 on a selective basis. Asking prices remain firm at 147.00 to 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume […]
     


Weekly soybean exports hit marketing year low

USDA reports corn, soybean, soybean product, and wheat export sales for the week ending April 17 were within pre-report estimates. Physical shipments of corn and soybeans were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the 2013/14 marketing year, but wheat was short of its mark. Wheat came out at 339,100 tons (12.5 million […]
     


PED virus spreads to Mexico

The PED virus has spread to Mexico from the United States. A Mexican news agency Noticieros Televisa says the virus is present in just one-percent of Mexico’s hog herds but has been reported in nearly every state in that country. The report says Mexico’s Ag Ministry is not surprised by the spread of PEDv which likely […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 24, 2014

May corn closed at $5.01 and 1/4, down 2 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $14.72, up 3 and 1/2 cents May soybean meal closed at $480.20, up $2.10 May soybean oil closed at 42.59, up 9 points May wheat closed at $6.89, up 12 and 1/2 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $144.25, […]
     


Thursday midday cash livestock markets

There is not a lot of movement in the cash cattle trade on Thursday with just a few token bids renewed in the South at 142.00. One regional buyer in Nebraska has bid as high as 236.00 on a selective basis. Asking prices remain firm on the live basis at 147.00 to 148.00 and 238.00 […]
     


Storms cause damage but rain is a blessing

Commentary. Springtime at last! We received snow at our place last week. Snow in April? It’s not the first time. We also experienced a 22 degree early morning a couple of days later. The hyacinths and narcissus were hanging their heads a bit later that day. The “toad strangler” that brought several inches of rain […]
     


Brown, Gibbs named Legislators of the Year

The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has honored Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Bob Gibbs as Legislators of Year, for their work on behalf of soybean farmers. Senator Brown received the award from Jerry Bambauer, OSA President from Auglaize County. “We appreciate everything he does for the soybean industry,” said Bambauer. “He’s been instrumental in biofuels, […]
     


$150 million in seed money for rural America

Eight Farm Credit institutions, including Farm Credit Mid-America, which serves Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and Farm Credit Services of America, which serves Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming, are providing the initial $150 million investment in the Rural Business Investment Company. Phil Kimmel, Sr. Vice President, Farm Credit Mid-America describes the $150 million available […]
     


A better way to measure runoff

Field to Market, an alliance of ag industry groups promoting sustainable agriculture has joined with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to develop a better way to measure runoff from fields. The Fieldprint Calculator is an on-line program which utilizes farmer inputs and the NRCS Water Quality Index to determine what is staying on the […]
     


South Dakota Farmers Union opposes importing Brazilian beef

The South Dakota Farmers Union says it’s a bad idea to import cattle from 14 Brazilian states that have a history of foot and mouth disease. The last case of foot and mouth in any of the 14 states in the USDA proposal was in 2001, but South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke takes […]
     


Dairy product prices

National Dairy Products Sales Report for the week ending April 19: cheddar cheese blocks averaged $2.36 per pound down 5.5 cents from the previous week. Barrels were 6.2 cents lower at $2.28, butter decreased 1.6 cents to average $1.96, nonfat dry milk increased 1.2 cents to $2.01 and dry whey increased 0.8 cents to 67.9 […]
     


Study: renewable fuels account for 850,000 U.S. jobs

Jon Doggett with the National Corn Growers Association says the $184.5 billion economic impact of renewable fuels goes beyond just numbers. Those numbers are part of an economic impact study showing that the renewable fuels industry supports more than 850,000 U.S. jobs. Doggett cites what he’s heard from corn growers whose children have come back […]
     


Corn continues to watch planting conditions

Soybeans were mixed on old crop/new crop spread trade. There are more reports of U.S. soybean imports and a lot of uncertainty about Chinese demand. Past that – the trade’s watching South America’s harvest. Soybean meal matched beans and bean oil was weak on profit taking and the lower crude oil. ABIOVE lowered its 2014 […]
     


Two settle animal mistreatment charges

Two Wisconsin dairy farm employees seen on an undercover video have entered “no contest” pleas to animal mistreatment and disorderly conduct charges. Mercy for Animals released a video last December showing the two defendants and others mistreating cows at Weise Brothers Dairy Farm near Greenleaf, Wisconsin. The video was shot by a Mercy for Animals person […]
     


Walker signs Wisconsin’s IoH law

Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin’s Implements of Husbandry bill on Wednesday. The law clarifies the definition of implements used for agriculture and establishes a new class of agricultural commercial vehicles. It establishes new parameters for size and lighting for farm machinery traveling on roadways. The legislation increases the maximum weight allowance on agricultural vehicles and […]
     


Countries ban California chicken on fears of avian flu

Russian and Taiwanese governments are banning imports of chicken from California after a poultry flock in that state was found to have low pathogenic avian influenza. According to Meatingplace.com, USDA spokesman Ed Curlett says the flock as been quarantined and USDA is currently appraising the flock in question for indemnity. The ban from Taiwan affects […]
     


Planting is off to a good start for Poseyville farmer

Planting is underway for Poseyville, Indiana farmer Mark Seib.  He says the corn is going into the ground really well.  “We are ahead of last year’s rate of planting,” Seib says.  “We were planting corn in June last year.  We are ahead of schedule right now – although there is rain in the forecast for […]
     


Judge dismisses HFCS suit

A federal judge in Buffalo, New York has dismissed a case which claimed a 14-year-old girl contracted type 2 diabetes from consuming high fructose corn syrup. The suit filed last June against several corn refiners alleged they were selling a product they knew to be “dangerous, life-threatening and a cause of type 2 diabetes.” Judge […]
     


Vermont passes GMO labeling bill

On a 114 to 30 vote, the Vermont House of Representatives concurred with the State Senate on Wednesday passing a GMO labeling bill. The measure now goes to the Governor Peter Shumlin. Supporters say the Governor will sign it. Once signed, food companies would have until July of 2016 to include something on the label if […]
     


Lean hogs end with triple digit gains

There was limited activity in the cash cattle trade on Wednesday afternoon with just a few preliminary bids noted in parts of Nebraska at 232.00 to 233.00, and Kansas and Texas at 142.00. Asking prices are around 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume may not develop until Thursday […]
     


Pick the best asparagus this spring

Asparagus is a vegetable at its peak of flavor in the spring and it contains a host of beneficial nutrients:  Vitamins A, C, K and potassium are just a few.  It doesn’t need a lot of cooking and can be prepared in simple, easy ways. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Asparagus (1:30 mp3) University of Missouri […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 23, 2014

May corn closed at $5.03 and 1/2, up 7 and 1/4 cents May soybeans closed at $14.68 and 1/2, down 11 and 1/4 cents May soybean meal closed at $478.10, down $1.70 May soybean oil closed at 42.50, down 24 points May wheat closed at $6.76 and 1/2, up 3 and 1/2 cents Apr. live […]
     


Wednesday midday cash livestock markets

Cash cattle activity remains limited with just a few preliminary bids reported by private sources from 232.00 to 233.00 on a dressed basis in the North. Asking prices are around 238.00 plus in the North and 148.00 in the South. While attractive basis opportunities could spark scattered business, significant trade volume will likely be delayed […]
     


On feed report should show increased placements

UDSA’s cattle on feed report Friday is expected to show an increase in placements. According to Dow Jones Newswires, on average, analysts see March placements up 1.7% on the year thanks to better profit margins and cheaper feed costs. Marketings are expected to be down 3.4% from a year ago, while the total number of […]
     


Applications open for Certified Livestock Producer program

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Certified Livestock Producer Program. Kimmi Devaney, ISDA livestock program manager says the program recognizes outstanding livestock producers for their farm management practices.  “That includes following environmental regulations to taking good care of our animals,” she says.  “It also means having a sound biosecurity plan and being a […]
     


EPA: new rule doesn’t expand agency’s reach

The Environmental Protection Agency says its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule of the Clean Water Act clarifies which waters are protected. The proposal, however, is drawing criticism from the American Farm Bureau, which says the rule will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms. In an interview with Brownfield Ag News, Nancy Stoner, EPA’s […]
     


A little less meat last year

Total red meat production in the United States in 2013 was over 49 billion pounds, slightly less than in 2012. Beef production was down 1 percent at nearly 26 billion pounds. Cattle slaughter was down 1 percent at 32.5 million head while the average live weight was up 12 pounds at 1,314 pounds. Half of […]
     


March milk production was “underwhelming”

Even though cash cheese prices have been declining on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week, Class III futures had strong gains on Tuesday. The increase was in response to the March Milk Production report on Monday which Eric Meyer of HighGround Trading described as “underwhelming”. Meyer says given the strong income-over-feed numbers we’ve seen over […]
     


Cheese and butter stocks lower

The monthly Cold Storage Report from USDA shows total cheese stocks as of the end of March were up slightly from February but 9 percent below March of 2013. Total cheese in the nation’s warehouses on March 31st was just over 1 billion pounds, 105 million pounds less than on March 31st, 2013. American cheese […]
     


BOAH rolls out new online pre-permitting

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is making permitting cattle and/or swine coming into Indiana easier with its new online pre-entry form.  Pre-entry permits and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection are required for all cattle and swine brought into the state of Indiana, even for exhibitions. Information may now be submitted via BOAH’s website.  After the […]
     


Slow planting pace supports corn

Soybeans were lower on fund and commercial selling. Brazil’s harvest is nearly over, Argentina’s about a quarter done, and U.S. planting could be a new record. Past that – there was no fresh news, especially from the demand side, and there are a lot of uncertainties about Chinese demand. Soybean meal and oil were lower […]
     


Cattle and hog futures end the day higher

Feedlot business was at a complete standstill on Tuesday afternoon with even token bids hard to find. Some showlists are priced around 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Significant trade volume will probably be delayed until Thursday or Friday. The cattle kill was estimated by USDA at 116,000 head 2,000 below […]
     


Pork stocks much smaller than expected

USDA’s monthly cold storage report shows much stronger than expected pork demand during March. At the end of the month, pork supplies totaled 575.223 million pounds, down 12% on the month and 11% on the year, and well below the average pre-report guess of 629.8 million pounds. Beef came out at 404.754 million pounds, 1% […]
     


Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: April 22, 2014

May corn closed at $4.96 and 1/4, up 7 and 3/4 cents May soybeans closed at $14.79 and 3/4, down 19 cents May soybean meal closed at $479.80, down $5.90 May soybean oil closed at 42.74, down 26 points May wheat closed at $6.73, up 4 and 3/4 cents Apr. live cattle closed at $143.70, […]
     


Outlook for ag improving

The outlook for grain farmers has changed significantly in recent months.  Purdue ag economist Chris Hurt says new crop prices for both corn and soybeans have moved closer to the cost of production. “I think it’s an overall improvement from where we were, but we were at pretty low levels,” he says.  “I think if […]
     


Fieldwork beginning to pick up

Spring fieldwork is beginning to pick up south of Columbus, Ohio. “Here in western Ross County, southern Fayette and eastern Highland county we’ve got some work going on, we’ve got a few guys that have planted a little corn in the sandy bottoms,” said Greg Garman with Garman Feed and Supply at South Salem, Ohio. […]
     


Managing winter annuals

For farmers wanting to make spring burndown herbicide applications, now is the time to start scouting fields. Purdue Extension weed scientist Travis Legleiter says the warm weather this month gave those winter annuals a chance to green-up.  “Even though we’re not quite to planting yet, the winter annuals are definitely growing,” he says. “Certainly those […]
     


Tuesday midday cash livestock markets

Expect a typical Tuesday in cattle country, with little to suggest the cash market will be unusually energetic. Look for the bids and asking prices to remain poorly defined. A few showlists will be priced around 148.00 in the South and 238.00 plus in the North. Trade is not expected until at least midweek, but […]
     


A new vaccine against BRD

A new vaccine against BRD (Bovine Respiratory Disease) in cattle combines two popular vaccines, a combination that helps protect against both viruses and bacteria associated with BRD. Brett Terhaar, Technical Consultant with Elanco adds that the vaccine is what producers and veterinarians were wanting. Audio: Brett Terhaar, Elanco (2:55 mp3)  
     


Eli Lilly to acquire Novartis

With the goal of strengthening and diversifying Eli Lilly & Company’s animal health business, Elanco, the company will purchase Novartis Animal Health.  In an announcement this morning, Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and president of Elanco said animal health continues to be a growth opportunity for Lilly. The acquisition will expand and […]
     


Little or no corn planted in Ohio

Other than some nitrogen being applied and oats being planted not much fieldwork was being done in Ohio last week. The Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) says while there are a few reports of corn being planted, the weekly crop and weather report for the week ending Sunday, April 20, […]
     


What’s for dinner on Earth Day?

Some people celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) with the foods they eat – and one of those foods is bison. Dave Carter with the National Bison Association says bison are grown with sustainable practices in every state in the U.S. but are mostly associated with the Great Plains states where they have been grazing on plants […]