Highlights: 27% came from USDA Zone 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH & WI); 27% came from USD Zone 9 (AZ, CA, HI & NV).
Source: USDA Weekly Cow Slaughter Report
Crop prices, values moderated in 2013
USDA’s annual Crop Values report, issued Feb. 14, indicated most dairy feedstuff prices moderated in 2013, at least based on prices received by producers of those crops.
Prices received at the producer level included:
• alfalfa hay: $197/ton, down $13 from 2012 and about equal to 2011’s $196/ton.
• other hay: $139/ton, down $3 from 2012, but still $7 more than 2011 ($132/ton).
• all hay: $179/ton, down $9 from 2012 and about equal to 2011’s $178/ton.
• corn: $4.50/bushel, down $2.39 from 2012 ($6.89/bushel) and below 2011’s average ($6.22/bushel).
• soybeans: $12.70/bushel, down $1.70 from 2012 ($14.40/bushel), but just slightly above the 2011 average ($12.50/bushel).
• cottonseed: $247/ton, down $5 from 2012 ($252/ton) and below 2011’s average ($260/ton).
UW-Madison dairy site adds data
Several new data series have been added to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Understanding Dairy Markets website, according to Brian Gould, UW-Madison dairy economist. The new items include:
• Annual State Summaries for Major Dairy Producing States, a time series of basic dairy and related data for the major dairy producing states.
• National Dairy Retail Reports, a bi-weekly publication of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service concerning product specific sales, prices, and advertising levels for the U.S. dairy industry.
• Weekly feed price data from Feedstuffs magazine
• Organic Dairy Market News, a bi-weekly publication of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
• Feed Outlook, a monthly publication by USDA providing a summary of U.S. feed markets.