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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.

January corn grind, soybean crush hit by weather

Corn for ethanol use declined in January 2024. The USDA says 433.596 million bushels of corn were used for fuel alcohol production, below pre-report expectations, down 10% from December and 2% from January 2023, with partially impacted by inclement weather and tighter operating margins. Production... Read More.

USDA ag indices decline in January

The USDA ag prices indices dipped to start 2024. The index of prices received for January was 1.4% lower than in December on declines for corn, soybeans, milk, and lemons, which canceled out rises in calves, broilers, market eggs, and lettuce. The USDA’s dairy index... Read More.

ReUse It Center Announces January Donations

McPHERSON, Kan. — To start off the year, the ReUse It Center, located at 120 S US Highway 81 Byp in McPherson donated a total of $4,500 in January. The ReUse It Center shared that it wouldn’t be able to... Read More.

U.S. egg production higher in January

Egg production was up in January. The USDA says 9.274 billion eggs were produced in January 2024, an increase of 2% from January 2023, with table and hatching eggs both above the previous year. The number of egg laying hens on February 1st was slightly... Read More.

January poultry production up on year

4.547 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome in January 2024. The USDA says that’s 2% more than in January 2023, with a 2% increase for chicken to 4.099 billion pounds canceling out a 2% decrease in turkey to 435.162 million. The chicken slaughter and... Read More.

January red meat production a little bit above a year ago

U.S. red meat production was slightly larger in January 2024 than January 2023. The USDA says commercial red meat production to start the year was 4.768 billion pounds, a modest increase on the year, with beef and pork both up 2% at 2.281 billion... Read More.

January turkey hatchery numbers down on year

Turkey hatchery numbers fell in January, in-line with USDA expectations because of slow demand and the fallout from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Poults hatched in January 2024 were 21.633 million head, a little bit less than in December and 8% below January 2023, with... Read More.

Ag Economy Barometer falls for January

Farmer sentiment declined for January as commodity prices weakened, according to the latest Purdue University/CME Ag Economy Barometer. Jim Mintert with Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture says the January reading of 106 is 8 points below December and 24 points below year-ago levels, “There’s... Read More.

Wet January causing some problems in Ohio

A wet January has led to issues for farmers in Ohio. The USDA says statewide precipitation during January topped average levels by just over 2 inches, limiting field activities in western Ohio and leading to ponding in winter wheat fields in portions of northern... Read More.