June 18, 2021: June Dairy Month

My elementary and middle school years spanned the early 1980s to the early 1990s. I always remember how proud I was, as a young kid, to be a dairy farmer’s child when June Dairy Month came  around. It was always toward the end of the school year, and I would get to talk to my…

June 11, 2021: Post Pandemic Demand

As new COVID-19 cases decline across Pennsylvania and the nation, many states have relaxed or lifted mask mandates and restaurant capacities. On Memorial Day in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf  lifted the restrictions on restaurant capacity, which can now operate at 100% capacity. Mask mandates will remain in effect with some flexibility for individuals or groups of…

June 4, 2021: Global Milk Supply

Over the last couple decades, our world seems to have gotten a lot smaller. Technological advancements in communications and transportation have brought the world closer together in many  ways. I am sure not everyone reading this has a smartphone, but I am positive that more people do than do not. When I first moved to…

May 28, 2021: May

With dry weather over most of Pennsylvania in the last week, corn planting across the state took a decent leap towards completion. According to USDA, as of the week ending May 23, 77% of the  corn across the Commonwealth is planted with 29% of that emerged. 77% is well ahead of the 5-year average of…

May 21, 2021: Historic Annual Milk Production: Northeast

So much can change in 51 years, no matter what industry you talk about. This has certainly been the case in the dairy industry. Looking back on 2020 and the disruption that COVID-19 had on so  many aspects of the U.S. economy, including dairy, a lot can change in a matter of months. The Economic…

May 14, 2021: Exports to Mexico Rebounding

One positive for the dairy industry despite a tough year for many dairy farmers last year was the surprising surge in exports since the pandemic began. 2020 ended as a record volume year  shipping a milk solids equivalent (MSE) of 2.1 million metric tons (MT) of dairy products throughout the world. The record volume represented…

May 7, 2021: Don’t Forget About DRP

Based on the latest (May 3, 2021) USDA Crop Progress report, corn planting has ramped up over the last two weeks across Pennsylvania and much of the nation. According to USDA 2020 corn  production annual totals, Pennsylvania ranked 16th in the nation in corn acreage planted and bushels of corn harvested. As of the week…

April 30, 2021: April

We may not be quite through with a cold snap here and there, but with flowers blooming and green tree leaves appearing, we are certainly moving away from cold weather. I know the amount of  pollen is certainly building because my itchy eyes tell the story even if I could not see a pollen film…

April 23, 2021: Food Box Program to be Terminated in May

Numerous things happened last year after the pandemic hit full force. The shift in milk demand sent food service sales plummeting, retailers scrambling to keep dairy products in their coolers, and milk prices tumbling. That is just the dairy industry. In turn, many sectors of the U.S. economy were provided relief, including those potentially most…

April 16, 2021: Class IV Rebounding

The pandemic has been difficult on Class IV milk and product prices during the last year. However, several factors  have been working together recently to help facilitate a rebound in Class IV milk and product prices. March Class IV  price was announced last week as $14.18 per cwt. This certainly is not where we would…