December 4, 2020: Last Call for DMC and CFAP2

Dairy markets are certainly difficult to predict, and a global pandemic makes it nearly impossible. In December 2019, milk prices were forecasted to build on the momentum gained in the latter  half of 2019 to be decent in 2020. Of course, there are no guarantees with projections. As we all know, 2020 dairy markets did…

November 27, 2020: November

As the month of November ends, milk price volatility continues to define 2020 dairy markets. Earlier this month, the Center released two podcast options to provide relevant dairy information in a more portable format. One option is the “Cow-Side Conversations” podcast. This podcast will feature Jayne Sebright, executive director at the Center, interviewing Pennsylvania dairy…

November 20, 2020:Cheese Markets

Dairy Market volatility has taken its toll on cheese prices over the last month, even more drastic over the last two weeks. Fears surrounding the increasing infection rate of COVID-19 during this second wave of the pandemic have cheese buyers wary of what will happen if a second shutdown or partial shutdown occurs in the…

November 13, 2020: Dairy Product Production and Inventory

Dairy markets have certainly behaved strangely this year. We have had milk price extremes for Class III. While Class IV milk prices have been less volatile after an initial plunge earlier this year, they continue to struggle to catch up to Class III or reach pre-COVID-19 prices. It looks like the spread between Class III…

Crop Production and Progress

November 6, 2020 Markets & Management Update: Weather is unpredictable from year-to-year. In my limited travel this year, I did not see as much of Pennsylvania compared to last year, but in southcentral Pennsylvania, most corn and soybean fields looked good. However, it was obvious that there were drought conditions in some of the western…

October 30, 2020: October

You can learn a lot from people or cultures different from your own. One of the things I miss most about dairy farming is the people I worked with. I learned a tremendous amount about Mexican culture from the Latino employees who worked for us over the years. As they assimilated into the U.S. culture,…

October 23, 2020: Team Grants

would wager that if the word “team” is mentioned without any other context, thoughts begin to form in your head of your favorite sports team. I am guilty of it. As I am writing this column, I  cannot help but think about my alma mater, NC State, and the numerous Wolfpack football and basketball teams…

Managing Change

October 16 2020 Markets & Management Update: Change is inevitable in all aspects of business and life. This year, we have certainly seen how quickly change can happen. When economies shut down in mid-March, the dairy industry lost nearly 50% of its sales almost overnight because restaurants were forced to close or offer limited service….

October 9, 2020: 2021 DMC Enrollment

The 2018 Farm Bill made the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program available in 2019 as a much-improved version of the Margin Protection Program (MPP) that it replaced. DMC is margin-based insurance where the margin each month is calculated by subtracting the national corn, soybean meal and blended alfalfa hay price from the U.S. all-milk price….

October 2, 2020: September

Welcome to Fall 2020! It is amazing to me how fast this year has seemed to go by. There has certainly been a change in the weather in my part of Pennsylvania—we even a had some light frost a couple of mornings a week or so ago. Thankfully, it was not significant enough to kill…