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Class III, butter rally

Class III prices jumped higher early on, led by nearby months June and July quickly climbing to near 20-cent gains pre-spot. Volume was heavy before the spot session trade with nearly 500 contracts. FULL STORY »

Innocent questions or skepticism about the farm?

Last fall my family held an open house to celebrate our newly constructed confinement hoop barn for our feeder cattle. FULL STORY »

Light trading as market waits on news

The dairy complex traded lighter volume across the board as market participants seem to be generally content with the current pricing on one hand and waiting for the slew of news to come on the other. Fonterra’s Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction results will be announced this morning and the April USDA milk production report is slated to be released this afternoon. We look for more of mixed trade for GDT and only a moderate 2 percent growth in milk production in the United States. While direction may be difficult to decipher this morning, we are confident that will change over the coming days. FULL STORY »

Wal-Mart sales continue to sag; retailer raising some food prices

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported U.S. sales fell for the eighth consecutive quarter as expensive gasoline pressured consumers, and the largest retailer said it is raising prices for some foods to offset inflation in meat, milk and other products. FULL STORY »

Class III and butter mixed on Friday, top still in place

Following two days of consecutive booming trade volumes, the Class III market once again returned to a lull, only 486 contracts traded last Friday to conclude a declining price week. The June-December pack closed at $17.41 vs. $17.57 the preceding week. Not only was milk volume lethargic but also spot volumes backed off to just 12 total cheese loads for the week. Prices there declined as well but modestly so; 2.5 cents in the blocks and 1.75 cents in the barrels. FULL STORY »

Bridging the gap

Consumers have genuine concerns about modern meat production,  but the right message, backed by sound practices, can restore their trust. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Consumers more confident of food safety

Maybe, just maybe, food safety messages are starting to sink in with consumers. A recent trend report seems to show that people are taking more ownership of their responsibilities when it comes to food safety and health. FULL STORY »

Say adios to La Niña

After an April and early May that brought record rainfall to much of the Midwest, climatologists agree the weather pattern is improving somewhat. La Niña is the weather pattern keeping much of the Midwest wet, and keeping much of the Southern Great Plains hot, dry and dusty. “We’ve come through a strong La Niña event that is now weakening fairly rapidly, says Jeff Andresen, state of Michigan climatologist and Michigan State University associate professor of geography. FULL STORY »

Class III rebounds, butter under pressure

A day after a market price collapse, spot prices were steady for blocks and only a half cent lower for barrels. This gave the market the confidence it needed to rally back and hard. We attributed the sell off from Wednesday to two factors; 1) CME stock revisions 2) outside market weakness. Following outside market influences occurred for a second day yesterday as prices for “things” fell and rallied back in most markets, dairy included. FULL STORY »

New tool available to determine replanting decisions

A “Corn Replanting Decision Tool” has been released as part of the University of Illinois’ FAST series of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Mathematical functions in this tool estimate yields from the original and replanted stands. Estimated yields, along with cost and crop insurance information, then are used to calculate net income from replanting. FULL STORY »

Dairy futures collapse on found butter

Class III got started lower right from the start this morning pulled down mostly by collapsing outside markets. The butter stocks revision was one thing that caused prices there to fall the limit and NFDM revisions caused the bids to practically disappear from early this morning. When the grain report was bearish, class III started to move lower falling 10 to 25 cents early before the spot session. FULL STORY »

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