Milk production in the top 23 dairy states was down 0.1 percent in March compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the “Milk Production” report released by the USDA on Friday.
Across all 50 states, milk production dropped by 0.3 percent.
The Upper Midwest states posted healthy gains again, with Wisconsin up 3.0 percent, Minnesota up 1.8 percent, and Michigan up 3.0 percent.
California, the country’s No. 1 milk-producing state, was down 3.3 percent.
The report is mostly in line with estimates and unlikely to have much impact on the markets, says Dave Kurzawski, dairy analyst with FCStone in Chicago.
This is the first of the abbreviated milk production reports that USDA plans to put out. 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. Read more here.