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Dairy markets: Cold Storage report spurs futures buying

A bullish USDA American cheese stocks number late Wednesday helped spur another round of buying for both Class III and Cheese futures Thursday. After opening solidly higher, prices continued to trend higher all day, but our opinion is that such a rally will be short in duration, for several reasons.


Dairy markets: Cold Storage numbers baked in

A plethora of data has been thrown at the market this week. Although milk production arrived slightly lower than expected, the futures market had done a good job of pricing in a somewhat bullish report.


May FMMO Class I base price up a little

May’s federal milk marketing order Class I base price is up a little, but well below a year ago. The March dairy CPI was slightly lower. Weekly California milk powder and national dairy product prices are recapped.


Mark & Bob: Weighing the factors

Mark Stephenson and Bob Cropp weigh several factors for this month's milk price forecast. See where it all sorts out in their latest podcast.


RFS requirements to be announced by June 1

A weekly look at ethanol and distillers grains reports. Also, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2015 will be issued by June 1, and a final rule governing the volumes for 2014 and 2015 will be completed by Nov. 30.


Dairy markets: Corn market eyes bird flu problem

Class III market bulls remained in control yesterday, with futures skyrocketing at one point by as much as +63¢ for June. Futures gave back significant gains by the close, exposing cracks in the bullish sentiment.


Dairy markets: Eyes on California

Yesterday’s trade moved higher, and for the third time since February found resistance just over $16.40/cwt. Volumes were also very strong. We expect this was positioning ahead of this afternoon’s USDA Milk Production report, and reaction to the revised California drought regulations.


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