November 1, 2019: October

The latest USDA Crop Progress report released on October 28 indicates the Pennsylvania corn crop was affected by the wet spring. The report shows that in the last week of October, only 89% of the corn crop has reached maturity as compared to the 5-year average of 97%. However, harvest is on par with the…

October 25, 2019: Ready for Winter?

This article may seem strange coming from a native southerner, but I thought I would remind everyone to not let cold weather sneak up on you before you can properly winterize your dairy. I have lived in Pennsylvania since the first part of December 2018, so I have been here in the coldest part of…

October 18, 2019: Trade Update

The trade disputes with China and Mexico have dominated dairy export talk for much of the last year and a half. Luckily, over the same time period, milk production has increased at a slower rate than recent years, domestic demand for dairy has strengthened, and increased dairy exports to other countries have helped to offset…

October 11, 2019: Milk Sales vs. Other Beverages

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the per capita fluid milk consumption decline, but I also showed that total dairy consumption has been increasing for decades. Total dairy per capita consumption is currently at its highest amount since 1962. If fluid milk consumption is declining, where is it going? Plant-based milk alternative marketing campaigns…

October 4, 2019: Understanding Your Milk Price

Market fundamentals are indicating that 2019 will end strong and 2020 will begin strong and continue the trend of increasing milk price through much of next year. Just because milk price shows signs of improving through 2020 does not mean that you should overlook available risk management tools to protect your financial risk next year….

September 27, 2019: September

Fall is officially here, and harvest around my part of Pennsylvania is well underway. I ask that you pay attention to your surroundings as you move equipment from field-to-field, as you transport your harvested crops back to your farm or customers, and as you work longer than normal hours. In the hustle and bustle of…

September 20, 2019: Crop Production

The beginning of the 2019 growing season was challenging for much of the country. Corn and soybean planted acres were reduced compared to last year, and the last USDA Crop Production report indicates that challenging weather may have been a factor in reduced yields this year. The last Crop Production report shows that 2019 corn…

September 13, 2019: Per Capita Consumption and Fluid Milk Sales

There are many factors that contribute to the price dairy farmers are paid for the milk their cows produce. Supply and demand certainly have their influence on how milk price is determined across the country. Recently, the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) released two annual spreadsheet updates, Dairy Products: Per Capita Consumption, United States and…

September 6, 2019: Last Call

There are two weeks left before the 2019 Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) enrollment period closes. September 20 marks the last day to enroll in DMC for the 2019 program year. It also marks the deadline to request a refund of Margin Protection Program premiums and receive the 25% premium discount for enrolling for the full…

August 30, 2019: August

We are at the end of August, and there seems to be a hint of fall in the air with only three weeks of summer left. School is back in session, so hopefully fluid milk sales will improve. I know back-to-school can be difficult for some family farms. Growing up, I remember my father had…