August 16, 2019: H-1 2019 Exports

Over the last 18 years, the U.S. has become and important part of the global dairy supply. According to the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC), in 2003, dairy exports were worth $1 billion dollars, increasing more than five times to $5.6 billion in 2018. This represented a record volume of 15.8% of the U.S. milk…

August 9, 2019: Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment

Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) enrollment started on June 17, 2019 and will continue until September 20, 2019. Prior to enrollment, dairy farmers knew that January through April margins would trigger payments at the $9.50 per hundredweight margin coverage. Since enrollment began, May and June margins were announced as $9.00 and $8.63 per hundredweight, respectively, triggering…

August 2, 2019: Market Facilitation Payments

Over the last 15 years, the U.S. dairy industry has become a significant supplier to the world market. Before that time, we supplied the world market when our price fell below the global price. In effect, we balanced the world market and were not a consistent world market player. That has changed dramatically.  Exports were…

July 26, 2019: July

July milk prices continue to improve versus this time last month. As of July 22, 2019, Class III milk prices for the next 12 months were averaging $17.31/cwt compared to $17.00 this time last month. However, Class IV milk prices fell from $17.29 the last week of June to $17.16 this week. The current Class…

July 19, 2019: Center Programs

There is no question that the last few years have been a trying time for dairy farmers across the country. Margins have been better this year, but after a multi-year downturn, it will take time to recuperate. The Center for Dairy Excellence has resources available to help you make decisions that allow you to capitalize…

July 12, 2019: Pay Attention

It has always been important to know what is going on around your operation, but the digital era has made it even more important. There have been several animal abuse videos released recently, including two from dairies in Pennsylvania and a high-profile dairy in Indiana. Everyone involved in the dairy industry knows that animal abuse…

July 5, 2019: Dairy Revenue Protection

I have heard and written a lot about Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) over the last several weeks. I believe it will be a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Margin Protection Program. According to the USDA, over 5,000 dairies enrolled during the first 10 days of the enrollment period. With all the talk about DMC,…

June 28, 2019: June

Summer is here, and heat and humidity are on the rise. Cow comfort should be a priority year-round, but it’s especially important when it becomes hotter and more humid. Cows do not dissipate heat very well on their own, and mastitis-causing organisms love to grow in hot, wet environments. Make sure fans and sprinkler systems…

June 21, 2019: Crop Progress and DMC Margin Calculation Change

It has been a challenging spring for field work. Corn and soybean plantings are running behind the 5-year average, according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report published on June 17. Time will tell what effect the late planting will have on yields and futures pricing. We do know that late planting is affecting how many acres of…

June 14, 2019: Dairy Margin Coverage Enrollment

June 17, 2019 is the first day to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. Dairy Margin Coverage is the 2018 Farm Bill program that replaces the Margin Protection Plan (MPP). Looking back at MPP, at the highest margin coverage ($8.00/cwt), it would have paid out 8 months in 2015 and 4 months in…