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.
Corn planters are running earlier than normal in parts of South Dakota due to the dry weather conditions which have persisted since fall.
Although South Dakota's spring planting window for corn generally runs from late April to mid-June - with 10 percent of corn in the ground by May 10 - mid-April's weather conditions suggest that corn planting may be able to proceed significantly ahead of normal in 2015, explained Dennis Todey, SDSU Extension Climate Specialist & South Dakota State Climatologist.
By J.W. Schroeder, Dairy Specialist NDSU Extension Service
As a kid, I had a tendency to move faster (a lot faster) than I do now. Whether in the field or cleaning the barn, the faster my brothers and I worked, the faster we could move onto something more interesting, such as hunting gophers or adventures yet to be discovered. The concept here was the faster we worked, the more we would get done, at least until it came to handling cows.
A website developed by plant pathologists from Purdue University and a nationwide partnership of research institutions could help farmers better understand and respond to the threat of mycotoxins and ear rots in corn.
By Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Extension
Hopefully, most alfalfa will come through the winter in good shape. However, there are some areas where alfalfa will show signs of injury or winterkill due to the lack of snow cover over winter. We expect that winterkill will be spotty and likely occur to a greater extent in fields with low soil pH, low potassium and sulfur and in older stands.
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 11 requests for export assistance to sell 1.993 million lbs. of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 1.332 million lbs. of whole milk powder (WMP) to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Central America.