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USDA February ag prices indices up from January

The USDA’s February ag price indices were up from January. The index of prices received by farmers was up 7.1% on the month due to gains in cattle, hogs, market eggs, and lettuce, which canceled out losses in corn, soybeans, wheat, and broilers. The dairy... Read More.

February chicken, egg numbers rise

The USDA’s chicken and egg numbers were up in February. February egg production climbed 5% on the year to 8.62 billion, with a slight decline in the number of layers canceled out by a higher rate of lay per hen. Table and hatching egg production... Read More.

Cattle placements up sharply in February

Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots surged in February. The USDA says February placements were larger than expected, up 10% on the year at 1.793 million head, due to generally better weather in the major U.S. feeding areas than in January and the extra... Read More.

Record large February beef, pork production

February 2024 beef and pork production was the largest on record for any February. The USDA says the total of 4.554 billion pounds was up 7% on the year, with slaughter above year ago levels, helped by the additional business day thanks to the... Read More.

Turkey hatchery numbers fall in February

The USDA says turkey hatchery numbers declined in February. That’s in line with USDA expectations for lower production in 2024 due to slower demand and producers trying to improve prices. There were 25.043 million turkey eggs in incubation at the start of March, down... Read More.

Late February warmup good for fieldwork

This last week of February has seen temperatures jump across the Midwest.  Central Illinois farmer Ken Franklin grows corn and soybeans with his family in Christian County.  He tells Brownfield they’ve utilized the nice days… “Record-breaking in some spots,” he says.  “Ground was dry, so... Read More.

Ohio sees generally warm, dry February

The mostly mild winter has continued in Ohio. The USDA says statewide temperatures for February were about eight degrees warmer than normal and while precipitation was under the usual levels, soil moisture retention has been good. Wide swings in temperature throughout the course of the... Read More.

Atypically warm February for Kentucky

The USDA says February 2024 was one of the warmest Februarys on record in Kentucky. The average statewide temperature was eight degrees above normal and despite scattered, below average precipitation, the state is off the Drought Monitor, largely thanks to a wet January. Just over... Read More.

Warm, wet February for Arkansas

February was warmer and wetter than normal in Arkansas. The USDA says nearly the entire state has adequate to surplus soil moisture levels, keeping many farmers out of the fields for most of the month, and above average temperatures have led to some fruit... Read More.