Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, Mar 29, 2018
Receipts: 64 loads Last Week: 63 loads Last Year: 72 loads
Alfalfa: Good: Large Squares, 4 loads 152.50-167.50; Large Rounds, 8 loads 152.50-167.50. Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 130.00-142.50. Baleage: 1 load 70.00.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 2 loads 165.00-175.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 6 loads 150.00-160.00. Utility: Large Squares 2 loads, 142.50-147.50; Small Squares, 1 load 150.50; Large Rounds, 4 loads 132.50-145.00.
Alfalfa/Grass Mixed: Good Large Rounds, 1 load 177.50; Fair: Large Rounds, 2 loads 150.00-155.00. Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 142.50.
Oat Hay: Large Rounds, 1 load 82.50.
Straw: Large Squares, 6 loads 77.50-117.50, mostly 90.00-105.00; Large Rounds, 3 loads 82.50-112.50.
Bean Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 42.50.
Cornstalks: Large Rounds, 19 loads 37.50-50.00.
Video conversation about dairy markets for March Here:
Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 26, 2018
Receipts: 16 loads Last Week: 33 loads Year Ago: 33 loads
Alfalfa: Good: Large Squares, 1 load 140.00; Large Rounds, 4 loads 137.50- 145.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 130.00.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 132.50. Utility: Large Squares, 1 load 107.50.
Rye Grass: Utility: Large Rounds, 1 load 92.50.
Straw: Large Squares, 1 load 102.50.
Bean Straw: Large Squares, 2 loads 40.00-45.00.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 4 loads 50.00-57.50.
The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee presented its annual “Outstanding Service to Agriculture” award to Scott Thoms of the Plymouth County Dairy Farm. Congratulations Scott!
Milk production in Iowa during February 2018 totaled 402 million pounds, up two percent from the previous February according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.
Continue reading “Iowa Milk Production Continues Trend Over 2017 Production”
Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer- dairy, swine, beef or poultry- and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation. Everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, just ask any national, state or local politician. But each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.
Continue reading “Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference Set For April 17”
Rock Valley Hay Auction for Monday, Mar 12, 2018
Receipts: 33 loads Last Week: 17 loads Year Ago: 23 loads
Alfalfa: Good: Large Rounds, 8 loads 140.00-155.00. Fair: Large Rounds, 1 load 120.00. Balage: 1 load 67.50.
Grass: Good: Large Rounds, 3 loads 127.50-135.00. Fair: Large Squares, 1 load 115.00; Large Rounds, 6 loads 107.50-115.00. Utility: Large Rounds, 2 loads 87.50.
Alfalfa/Grass Mix: Good: Large Rounds, 1 load 145.00.
Straw: Large Squares, 2 loads 117.50-122.50.
Corn Stalks: Large Rounds, 8 loads 35.00-42.50.
The milk production forecast for 2018 is raised from last month on more rapid growth in milk per cow in the first half of the year in the March WASDE report.
Continue reading “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Predict Milk Production Up for 2018”
National Editor Tom Karst of The Packer noted one Center for Migration Study that undocumented workers are leaving the country. The recent study indicates a sharp decline in the U.S. undocumented population over a six-year period.
Continue reading “Some Immigrant Labor May Be Leaving USA According To One Study”