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Poll: Should unpasteruized milk sales be allowed across state lines

-- No
- Not sure


Commentary: Penny for your thoughts

Have you ever wondered what consumers think about when they go the grocery store? 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 »

Corn exports soar 94 percent higher

The USDA released the latest corn export data on May 19. According to the report, corn export net sales were at 843,200 MT, which is a 94 percent increase from last week and up noticeably from the four-week average. FULL STORY »

Milk production report holds little for the “bears”

Class III price was mixed early, but ultimately moving higher along with commodity wide price gains seemingly finding good support when grain futures opened up some 15 to 20 cents stronger yesterday morning. Volume was heavy throughout the day as prices maintained their strength, but were reluctant to add any further premium after the spot markets closed higher on bids. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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