Cooler-than-normal weather in much of the country this past May appears to have benefited milk production. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, milk production in top 23 dairy states increased 0.9 percent in May compared to the same month a year ago. Across the entire U.S., production was up 0.8 percent.
Increases were most pronounced in the Midwest. For example, Kansas was up 8.1 percent; Indiana, 5.2 percent, and Iowa, 2.9 percent.
California, the nation’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was down 0.5 percent.
This is an abbreviated milk production report from the USDA. Initially, the USDA suspended the report and several others in the wake of the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. However, the department reversed its decision and announced that it would provide partial milk production estimates through September.