Milk production in Iowa during October 2019 totaled 442 million pounds, down 1 percent from the previous October according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during October, at 217,000 head, was the same as last month but down 3,000 from last year. Monthly production per cow averaged 2,035 pounds, up 10 pounds from last October.
IABRN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is called the “gold standard” for crop reporting. This year, however, many farmers disagreed with their data.
IABRN — We have known about the propane frustrations farmers have been having this fall. A wet fall compounded on a wet spring and a late plant has farmers drying the harvests from levels they never have before. Farmers were trying to leave crops in the field as long as possible to avoid drying. However, Mother Nature and has made drying conditions all but nonexistent, and father time keeps flipping the calendar.
Statewide Iowa — Snowfall in the first part of the week ending November 17, 2019 slowed down harvesting activities in parts of Iowa by limiting farmers to 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Propane shortages continued to be a challenge for farmers across the State as they try to dry down their corn crop due to high moisture content. Fieldwork activities included harvesting corn and soybeans; baling corn stalks; applying anhydrous and fertilizer; and fall tillage. Read more
IABRN — African Swine Fever (ASF) continues its spread, now looking to close in on Indonesia.
IABRN — Last week, Dean Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company is one of the largest dairy companies in the United States. With the filing, many farmers wonder who will be controlling where they send their milk. Dean is the Parent company of Land O’ Lakes, Organic Valley, and Dairy Pure. This announcement comes amid low dairy prices for producers, despite slow growth in the numbers.