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October ethanol, DDGS exports down from September

U.S. ethanol exports fell back a little bit in October. The Renewable Fuels Association says October exports of 117.1 million gallons were down 3% from the 18-month high hit in September. Canada took the top slot for the 31st month in a row at 64.6... Read More.

September ethanol exports hit multi-month high

U.S. ethanol exports hit an 18-month high in September. The Renewable Fuels Association says September ethanol exports were 120.5 million gallons, up 18% from August, with Canada taking the top slot for the 30th month in a row at 60.4 million gallons. That was... Read More.

September corn grind, soybean crush both up on year

Corn for ethanol use during September was larger than expected. The USDA says 430.134 million bushels of corn were used for fuel alcohol production, down 3% from August, but up 12% from September 2022 as producers took advantage of solid operating margins. Production of... Read More.

USDA September ag price indices mixed

Farmers made less in September than in August, while paying just a little bit more. The USDA’s index of prices received fell 2.9% as lower prices for corn, soybeans, hogs, and lettuce more than canceled out higher moves for milk, broilers, grapes, and broccoli. The... Read More.

More dairy in cold storage than last September

There was less natural cheese and butter in cold storage in September than August, but more than a year ago.  USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service says the cheese stocks fell 2% from August to 1.47 billion pounds.   American style cheese totaled 850-million pounds, down... Read More.

Poultry production down in September

U.S. poultry production declined in September. The USDA says 4.276 billion pounds of poultry were certified wholesome last month, a drop of 5% from a year ago. Chicken production fell 5% to 3.834 billion pounds, canceling out a 2% rise in turkey production to... Read More.

Egg production higher in September

U.S. egg production moved higher in September. The USDA says 9.16 billion eggs were laid in September 2023, up 3% from September 2022, including nearly 8 billion table eggs and 1.3 billion hatching eggs, most of those intended for broiler production. The average number of... Read More.

September cattle placements up 6% on year

Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots were up sharply last month. The USDA says September 2023 placements were 2.206 million head, above pre-report expectations and up 6% from September 2022. Those cattle will be marketed starting early next year. Marketings for September were down 11%... Read More.

September Labor Market Report

By the Kansas Department of Labor Communications Division IMPORTANT NOTE: This release includes nonfarm jobs and labor force estimates for September 2023, which are produced using data from two monthly surveys. Data for nonfarm job estimates is collected through a survey of employers while the... Read More.

September beef, pork production under a year ago

The USDA says September beef and pork production were significantly lower than last year. The beef total fell because of tighter market ready supplies, while the decline in pork production was down due a drop in average weights, along with a slightly slower slaughter... Read More.

BPU Employee of the Month for September : Jared Hagemann

By the McPherson Board of Public Utilities McPHERSON, Kan. — The McPherson Board of Public Utilities delivers some of the lowest-cost and most reliable power and water in the State. However, the BPU wouldn’t be able to do what it does as well as it... Read More.