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Market Reports for Jan. 19, 2013

1/19/2013 7:00 AM

Average Farm Feed Costs for Handy Reference
Ephrata, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

To provide farmers across the state with a handy reference of commodity input costs in their feeding operations for DHIA record sheets or to develop livestock feed cost data, here are last week’s average costs of various ingredients as compiled from regional reports across the state of Pennsylvania.

Remember, these are averages, so you will need to adjust your figures up or down according to your location and the quality of your crop.

Corn, No. 2: 6.98 bu, 12.50 cwt.

Wheat, No. 2: 7.83 bu, 13.08 cwt.

Barley, No. 3: 4.90 bu, 10.49 cwt.

Oats, No. 2: 4.15 bu, 12.94 cwt.

Soybeans, No. 2: 13.44 bu, 22.45 cwt.

Ear Corn: 196.33 ton, 9.82 cwt.

Alfalfa Hay: 267.50 ton, 13.38 cwt.

Mixed Hay: 246.25 ton, 12.31 cwt.

Timothy Hay: 227.50 ton, 11.38 cwt.

PA Grain Report
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Compared to last week, corn sold steady to .05 lower, wheat sold steady to .05 lower, barley sold mostly steady, oats sold steady to .05 lower and soybeans sold steady to weak. Ear corn sold steady. All prices per bushel except ear corn is per ton.

Southeastern Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 7.00-7.60, avg 7.25, contracts Dec 5.78-5.97. WHEAT #2: 7.17-8.30, avg 7.80, contracts Dec 7.30-7.57. BARLEY #3: 4.80-5.85, avg 5.38, contracts Jul 4.80. OATS #2: 4.00-4.90, avg 4.45. SOYBEANS #2: 13.28-13.82, avg 13.39, contracts Dec 12.10-12.31. EAR CORN: 194.00, avg 194.00.

Central Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.50-7.48, avg 7.09. BARLEY #3: 4.75-5.15, avg 4.95. OATS #2: 2.95-4.50, avg 3.72. SOYBEANS #2: 13.00-13.41, avg 13.19. EAR CORN: 215.00, avg 215.00.

Southcentral Pennsylvania

CORN #2: 6.50-7.48, avg 6.89. WHEAT #2: 6.90-7.80, avg 7.40. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.00, avg 4.38. OATS No 2: 3.25-4.00, avg 3.63. SOYBEANS #2: 12.55-13.34, avg 12.88. EAR CORN: 180.00, avg 180.00.

Lehigh Valley Area: CORN #2: 6.95-7.53, avg 7.28. WHEAT #2: 8.30, avg 8.30. BARLEY #3: 5.75, avg 5.75. OATS #2: 4.25-4.50, avg 4.37. SOYBEAN #2: 13.13-13.45, avg 13.26. GR. SORGHUM: avg 7.64.

Eastern & Central PA Summary: CORN #2: 6.50-7.60, avg 6.87, month ago 7.29, year ago 7.14. WHEAT #2: 6.90-8.30, avg 7.74, month ago 8.73, year ago 6.44. BARLEY #3: 4.00-5.85, avg 4.99, month ago 5.05, year ago 5.15. OATS #2: 2.95-4.90, avg 4.00, month ago 4.09, year ago 4.19. SOYBEANS #2: 12.55-13.82, avg 13.21, month ago 13.62, year ago 11.28. EAR CORN: 180.00-215.00, avg 196.00, month ago 200.50, year ago 200.00.

Western Pennsylvania: CORN #2: 6.30-7.44, avg 6.89. WHEAT #2: 7.42-8.71, avg 8.06. OATS #2: 3.75-5.35, avg 4.36. SOYBEANS #2: 13.73, avg 13.73.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

PA Regional Hay
Lewisburg, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Dealer Hay & Straw Market  for Eastern, Pa.: All hay prices paid by dealers at the farm and per ton. Compared to last week, hay sold steady to 10.00 lower. Straw sold steady. All hay and straw reported sold per ton. ALFALFA: 130.00-400.00. MIXED: 100.00-325.00. TIMOTHY: 100.00-235.00. STRAW: 80.00-160.00. MULCH: 50.00-75.00.

Summary of Lancaster Area Hay Auctions: Prices per ton. Hay: 233 loads. Straw: 43 loads. ALFALFA: 135.00-440.00. MIXED: 130.00-400.00. TIMOTHY: 165.00-340.00. GRASS: 95.00-305.00. STRAW: 100.00-195.00.

Summary of Central PA Hay Auctions: All prices per ton. Hay: 234 loads; Straw: 54 loads. ALFALFA: 95.00-340.00. MIXED: 90.00-300.00. TIMOTHY: 85.00-320.00. GRASS: 85.00-350.00. STRAW: 90.00-240.00.

Source: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

Market at a Glance
Lancaster County Livestock Auction Averages
Prices Per Hundredweight
January 18, 2013
Compiled by Jessica Rose Spangler

STEERS, CHOICE 2-3: This week 125.00; Last week 126.25; Last year 126.25.

HOLSTEIN STEERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 109.10; Last week 108.10; Last year 109.75.

HEIFERS, CHOICE/PRIME: This week 124.25; Last week 125.90; Last year 124.65.

COWS, BREAKERS, 75-80% LEAN: This week 74.30; Last week 75.75; Last year 76.00.

COWS, BONERS, 80-85% LEAN: This week 72.75; Last week 75.00; Last year 70.95.

BULLS, YG 1: This week 87.15; Last week 92.10; Last year 88.25.

HOGS, 49-54% LEAN, MONDAY: This week 61.50; Last week 65.00; Last year 67.00.

LAMBS, CHOICE/PRIME 80-110 lb: This week 165.50; Last week 174.00; Last year 242.00.

BULL CALVES, #1: This week 113.60; Last week 107.50.

KID GOATS, SELECTION 1 (head): This week 144.00; Last week 153.50.

PA Weekly Livestock Trends
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report Supplied by Ag Market News

Combined Livestock Receipts from New Holland, Vintage, Dewart, Middleburg, Greencastle, Lebanon Valley and Waynesburg.

CATTLE: This wk 4685; Last wk 3425; Last yr 5628. CALVES: This wk 3050; Last wk 2879; Last yr 3055. HOGS: This wk 787; Last wk 1147; Last yr 1155. FEEDER PIGS: n/a. LAMBS/SHEEP: This wk 2338; Last wk 12; Last yr 1386. GOATS: This wk 1671; Last wk 13; Last yr 1743.

SLAUGHTER CATTLE: Compared to last week`s markets, slaughter steers sold most steady to 1.00 to 2.00 lower. Slaughter holsteins sold mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Slaughter heifers sold mostly steady. Slaughter cows sold mostly 1.00 to 5.00 higher. Slaughter bulls sold mostly 2.00 to 4.00 lower.

FEEDER CATTLE: Compared to last week all feeder cattle sold mostly 15.00 higher. Feeder bulls sold mostly 10.00 higher.

HOLSTEIN CALVES: Compared to last week holstein bull calves sold mostly 4.00 to 7.00 lower. Holstein heifers sold mostly 10.00 higher.

HOGS: Compared to last weeks sale, barrows and gilts sold mostly steady to 2.00 lower. Sows sold mostly steady to 2.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER SHEEP: Compared to last week, Slaughter lambs sold mostly 20.00 to 30.00 lower and sheep sold mostly 5.00 to 10.00 lower.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: Compared to last week, kid goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 higher. Nanny goats sold 10.00 to 20.00 higher while billies sold 20.00 to 25.00 lower.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

Lancaster County Weekly Cattle
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 18, 2013
Report Supplied By USDA

NOTE: THERE ARE SLIGHT CORRECTIONS TO PRICES IN THIS REPORT COMPARED TO THE REPORT THAT RAN IN THE PRINT COPY OF LANCASTER FARMING.

CATTLE: 2788; Last week 2587; Last year 2565. CALVES: 1832; Last week 1879; Last year 1677.

This week in Lancaster County slaughter cattle sold 2.00 lower in the early week trade then steady towards the end of the week. Demand has been light to moderate on a moderate supply of cattle. Cows traded mostly 2.00 lower with light to moderate demand.

The box beef market remains stagnant at 192.20/cwt for Choice cutout values; Choice/Select spread is at 7.84/cwt. Beef processors are finding it difficult to move product at higher prices due to resistance at the retail level. Currently, packers are losing over $45 dollars per head and they are not very enthusiastic about purchasing cattle that will be killed at a lost.

Slaughter levels have been lower than a year ago but beef production has remained relatively the same.

Cattle being placed in feedlots at heavier weights as well as the use beta-agonistic feeds have increased steer carcass weights by 26 lbs on average from year 2011 to year 2012. This has allowed beef processors to leverage the market despite a shrinking supply of feedlot cattle.

Cattle futures dropped significantly this past week as CME April Live cattle futures reduced from 135.07/cwt last Thursday to this Thursday`s close of 130.87/cwt; breaking below the 130.00/cwt mark during the day trade. The futures market and the cash trade inevitably have to meet up (or come close to meeting up) at some point and over the past few weeks, futures were holding an unjustifiable premium to the cash to start off the first quarter.

Earlier this month cattle feeders were able to take advantage of this rule when December contracts expired at 129.60/cwt and beef processors were forced to take delivery or negotiate a price close to what cattle were being tendered for at the CME delivery points. The market was due for correction and we are currently experiencing that process.

Cattle traded out of the major feedlots in the Midwest negotiated trades at 123.00-125.00/cwt this week, mostly 125.00/cwt closely in line with February futures. Cattle feeders continue to hold on to hopes that bullish fundamentals over supply will push this market higher. For this to happen they must stay current on their marketing in order to manage inventories and heavy carcass weights, otherwise bullish supply fundamentals will be offset by more beef production per head slaughter.

There also needs to be an increase in beef demand, although competing proteins are priced at far better values.

Grain markets this past week were inverse of the cattle markets spurred on by USDA`s latest supply and demand estimates and large tenders of soybeans from Asian markets. The only noteworthy changes to the latest USDA report was a revision in feed usage by a positive 300 million bushels, a decrease in exports by 200 million bushels and an increase in production by 55 million bushels.

Overall ending stocks were pegged at 602 million bushel, which was low enough to bring corn prices back above the 7.00/bushel, and as of Thursday nearby corn contracts closed at 7.245/bu. The rise in corn prices and decrease in slaughter cattle values have pushed feeder cattle contracts below 150.00/cwt. March feeder cattle futures closed at 145.85/cwt on Thursday.

All cattle markets are priced per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1225-1650 lbs 125.50-132.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1625 lbs 122.50-127.50; SELECT 2-3: 1225-1600 lbs 117.00-123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 1450-1575 lbs 107.00-112.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1325-1650 lbs 104.00-107.00; SELECT 2-3: 1345-1600 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1235-1585 lbs 123.00-129.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1175-1475 lbs 120.50-124.50; SELECT 2-3: 1045-1350 115.00-120.00.

MONDAY: SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 71.00-74.00, High dress 76.00-76.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.00, High dress 72.00-73.00, Low dress 63.50-66.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 67.00-70.50, High dress 71.00-74.00, Low dress 59.00-64.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 62.00-67.00, High dress 67.00-70.00, Low dress 52.00-60.00.

TUESDAY/THURSDAY: SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 79.00-83.00, Low dress 71.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-79.00, High dress 79.00-86.00, Low dress 67.00-73.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 72.00-78.00, High dress 78.00-83.00, Low dress 66.50-72.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 68.00-74.50, High dress 74.50-78.00, Low dress 59.00-68.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-2010 lbs 86.00-92.00, high dress 95.00-107.00, very high dress 116.00-123.00, low dress 79.00-85.00.

CALF SUMMARY: This week in Lancaster County, Holstein Bull calves sold progressively higher, trading 5.00 higher in the early week trade, 10.00-20.00 higher in the mid-week trade, and up to 30.00 higher at the end of the week. Demand was very good throughout the week. Heifers sold steady to weak with moderate demand. The Composite Veal Carcass Values for the Northeast United States was quoted from 317.00-353.00/cwt this Thursday, with a weighted average value of 331.44/cwt (Hide-Off). All prices per cwt.

MONDAY: HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-120 lbs 110.00-125.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 95.00-110.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-105.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 65.00-80.00; UTILITY: 75-115 lbs 45.00-65.00, 55-70 lbs 15.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 140.00-160.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 65.00-85.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-105 lbs 45.00-65.00, 50-65 lbs 20.00-40.00.

TUESDAY: GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 112.00, 95-112 lbs 120.00-127.00, 90 lbs 117.00; #2: 95-114 lbs 115.00-121.00, 83-90 lbs 103.00-110.00; #3: 83-110 lbs 72.00-82.00, 75 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 83-110 lbs 35.00-45.00, 63-72 lbs 17.00-21.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 112 lbs 165.00, 93-103 lbs 180.00-195.00, 85 lbs 100.00; #2: 92-103 lbs 140.00-165.00, 82 lbs 80.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 84-92 lbs 40.00-50.00, 63-75 lbs 15.00-25.00.

THURSDAY: GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 125.00-129.00, 94-112 lbs 133.00-140.00, 90-92 lbs 125.00, 80-84 lbs 105.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 129.00-140.00, 80-92 lbs 120.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 110.00-125.00, 72-78 lbs 65.00; UTILITY: 100-110 lbs 45.00, 80-98 lbs 80.00-86.00, 60-78 lbs 52.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-120 lbs 110.00-130.00; #2: 75-102 lbs 50.00-105.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-80 lbs 40.00-55.00.

Source: USDA Dept of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Vintage Special Feeder Cattle Sale
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 392; Last Sale: 659.

A moderate run of feeder cattle on offer for January`s monthly special. The bulk of the feeder supply consisted of Holstein steers. Holstein quality was as attractive as it gets with many quality lots on offer. As for beef type feeders, quality was average with no real outstanding cattle to test the top end of the market. Steers sold steady to firm on a light test, heifers were mostly 10.00 higher on a more moderate supply. Holsteins sold 5.00-10.00 higher, with exception of some value added consignments that were double vaccinated, wormed, and long weaned that traded far above last months market. Demand was moderate overall with a good turnout in buyers. All prices per cwt.

FEEDER STEERS: MED/LGE 1: 400-500 lbs 148.00-150.00, 500-600 lbs 135.00-137.00; MED/LGE 2: 400-500 lbs 140.00-152.00, 700-800 lbs 125.00-129.00, Pkg 1086 lbs 116.00.

FEEDER HOLSTEIN STEERS: LGE 3: 250-500 lbs 85.00-98.00, 250-500 lbs 118.00-120.00 Value Added, 500-600 lbs 72.00-83.00, 500-600 lbs 88.00 Value Added, 600-700 lbs 77.00-85.00, 600-700 lbs 61.00-68.00 Jersey Cross, 700-800 lbs 80.00-90.00, 800-1000 lbs 87.50-90.00, 1000-1200 lbs 75.00-81.00.

FEEDER HEIFERS: MED/LGE 1: 400-600 lbs 130.00-140.00, 600-700 lbs 127.00-135.00, 700-800 lbs 105.00-114.00 Fleshy; MED/LGE 2: 300-400 lbs 125.00-137.00, 400-500 lbs 122.00-135.00, 500-700 lbs 115.00-125.00.

FEEDER BULLS: MED/LGE 1: Few 500-800 lbs 127.00-135.00.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

Source: USDA Dept of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-354-2391. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Monday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 924, Last week 786, Year ago 710. CALVES: 514, Last week 457, Year ago 379.

When compared to last week’s sale, a moderate supply of slaughter cows sold 4.00-5.00 lower with light to moderate demand. Bulls traded weak with moderate demand. Cattle supply included 165 slaughter steers, 131 heifers, 346 cows, 181 bulls, and 101 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 71.00-74.00, High dress 76.00-76.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 68.00-72.00, High dress 72.00-73.00, Low dress 63.50-66.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 67.00-70.50, High dress 71.00-74.00, Low dress 59.00-64.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 62.00-67.00, High dress 67.00-70.00, Low dress 52.00-60.00.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 950-2010 lbs 86.00-92.00, high dress 95.00-107.00, very high dress 116.00-123.00, low dress 79.00-85.00.

CALVES: Compared to two weeks ago, bull calves sold mostly 5.00 higher with good demand. Heifers sold firm with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 85-120 lbs 110.00-125.00; #2: 95-120 lbs 95.00-110.00, 80-90 lbs 85.00-105.00; #3: 80-120 lbs 65.00-80.00; UTILITY: 75-115 lbs 45.00-65.00, 55-70 lbs 15.00-35.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #1: 90-105 lbs 140.00-160.00; #2: 80-105 lbs 65.00-85.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 70-105 lbs 45.00-65.00, 50-65 lbs 20.00- 40.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Vintage Sales Stables Monday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 256, Last week 282; CALVES: 101, Last week 132.

When compared to last Monday`s sale, slaughter steers sold 2.00-2.50 lower with moderate demand. Quality was less attractive than last week which kept market prices at modest levels. Holsteins traded steady. Slaughter cows sold mostly 2.00 lower with moderate demand. Cattle supply consisted of 129 steers, 30 heifers, 91 cows, 2 bulls and 4 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1225-1575 lbs 125.50-128.50, muddy 120.00-123.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1290-1625 lbs 122.50-126.00; SELECT 2-3: 1225-1375 lbs 117.00-122.50.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: few 1450-1575 lbs 107.00-111.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1325-1650 lbs 104.00-107.00; SELECT 2-3: 1345-1550 lbs 98.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1235-1585 lbs 123.00-126.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1175-1475 lbs 121.00-123.50; SELECT 2-3: 1045-1170 117.00-120.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 73.00-77.50, High dress 77.50-78.00, Low dress 68.00-70.00; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 70.50-75.50, High dress 77.00-80.00, Low dress 65.00-70.00; LEAN: 85-90% lean, Avg dress 66.50-69.00, Low dress 59.00-65.00.

CALVES: Compared to last week’s sale, bull calves sold steady to 3.00 higher with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

HOLSTEIN BULLS CALVES: #1: 100-115 lbs 100.00-115.00, 80-90 lbs 75.00-85.00; #2: 95-115 lbs 80.00-95.00, 80-90 lbs 60.00-75.00; #3: 95-110 lbs 70.00-85.00; UTILITY: 75-105 lbs 40.00-50.00, 60-70 lbs 12.00- 25.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFERS: #2: 95-105 lbs 95.00-120.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350.

NOTICE: Next feeder cattle sale Feb. 8.

Vintage Sales Stables Tuesday Auction
Paradise, Pa.
Jan. 15, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 409, Last week 452, Last year 395. CALVES: 609, Last week 651, Last year 591.

Compared to last week: No slaughter steers offered. Slaughter Holsteins steady compared to a very light test last week. Demand moderate. Slaughter cows traded steady to 2.00 lower compared to last week on good demand. Slaughter cattle supplies consisted of 43 steers and heifers, 348 cows, 7 bulls, and 11 feeders. All prices quoted per cwt.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEINS: CHOICE 2-3: 1525-1625 lbs 109.50-113.00; SELECT 2-3: 1325-1700 lbs 103.00-108.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITES: 65-75% lean, avg dress 75.50-76.50, high dress 78.00-83.00, low dress 71.00-73.00; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, avg dress 73.00-77.00, high dress 79.00-85.00, low dress 68.00-72.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, avg dress 72.00-75.50, high dress 77.00-82.00, low dress 67.00-71.50; LEAN: 85-90% lean, avg dress 68.00-73.50, low dress 59.00-67.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1570-1900 lbs avg dress 83.50-84.50, low dress 1800-2450 lbs 79.50-82.50.

CALVES: Compared to last Tuesday’s sale, Holstein Bull calves sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Heifers sold steady to 10.00 lower on moderate demand. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 473 head for Tuesday’s sale. All calves are sold by the cwt.

GRADED HOLSTEIN BULL CALVES: #1: 121 lbs 112.00, 95-112 lbs 120.00-127.00, 90 lbs 117.00; #2: 95-114 lbs 115.00-121.00, 83-90 lbs 103.00-110.00; #3: 83-110 lbs 72.00-82.00, 75 lbs 40.00; UTILITY: 83-110 lbs 35.00-45.00, 63-72 lbs 17.00-21.00.

GRADED HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: #1: 112 lbs 165.00, 93-103 lbs 180.00- 195.00, 85 lbs 100.00; #2: 92-103 lbs 140.00-165.00, 82 lbs 80.00; UTILITY/NON-TUBING: 84-92 lbs 40.00-50.00, 63-75 lbs 15.00-25.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Note: Feeder cattle sale Feb. 8.

New Holland Weekly Dairy Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 16, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 274; Last Sale: 648; Last Year: 214.

Compared to last week, dairy cows sold firm with good demand. Bred heifers sold weak with moderate demand. Wednesday’s supply included 87 fresh milking cows, 5 short-bred cows, 5 springing cows, 32 short-bred heifers, 78 springing heifers, 47 open heifers, and 15 bulls. One hundred percent of reported supply Holsteins unless otherwise noted. All sales sold on a per head basis.

FRESH COWS: Supreme: 1700.00-2000.00; Approved: 1500.00-1600.00; Medium: 1200.00-1425.00; Common: 950.00-1175.00.

CULL COWS: 500.00-1000.00 SPRINGING COWS (7-9 months bred): Approved: 1175.00-1225.00; Medium: 850.00-925.00.

SHORT BRED COWS (1-3 months): Supreme: 1700.00.

SHORT BRED HEIFERS (1-3 months): Supreme: 1100.00-1125.00; Approved: 875.00-950.00; Medium: 700.00-825.00; Common: 600.00-700.00.

BRED HEIFERS (4-6 months): Supreme: 1525.00; Approved: 1000.00-1075.00; Medium: 825.00-900.00.

SPRINGING HEIFERS (7-9 months): Supreme: 1425.00-1450.00; Approved: 1200.00-1375.00; Medium: 1000.00-1175.00; Common: 800.00-975.00.

OPEN HEIFERS: 300-600 LBS: Medium: 200.00-250.00, 600-900 LBS: Approved: 500.00-635.00; Medium: 375.00-485.00, 900-1200 LBS: Approved: 650.00-775.00; Medium: 550.00-575.00.

BULLS: 600-900 lbs 575.00-875.00, 900-1200 lbs 900.00-1150.00, 1200-1500 lbs 1000.00-1300.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News; New Holland; PA. Levi Geyer; 717-406-7350. John Stacy; 717-354-2391.

New Holland Thursday Cattle & Calves Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 17, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

CATTLE: 925, Last week 1419, Last year 1041. CALVES: 608, Last week 639, Last year 623.

When compared to last Thursday`s sale, slaughter steers sold mostly steady. Demand was good. Slaughter Holsteins steady with moderate demand and a very light test. Slaughter heifers 1.00-2.00 higher on a very light test. Buyer activity was good. Slaughter cows mostly steady. Demand was good. Cattle supplies included 207 slaughter steers; 120 heifers; 512 cows; 61 bulls; and 3 feeder cattle. All prices per cwt.

SLAUGHTER STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1250-1650 lbs 128.00-132.25; CHOICE 2-3: 1270-1600 lbs 124.00-127.50; SELECT 1-3: 1250-1650 lbs 118.00-123.00.

SLAUGHTER HOLSTEIN STEERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 110.00-112.00; CHOICE 2-3: 1550-1650 lbs 104.50-107.00; SELECT 1-3: 1400-1600 lbs 100.00-103.00.

SLAUGHTER HEIFERS: HIGH CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 1350-1550 lbs 125.50-129.50; CHOICE 2-3: 1300-1400 lbs 120.50-124.50; SELECT 1-3: 1100-1350 lbs 115.00-119.00.

SLAUGHTER COWS: PREMIUM WHITE: 65-75% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 80.50-83.00, Low dress 71.00-73.50; BREAKERS: 75-80% lean, Avg dress 75.00-79.00, High dress 80.00-86.00, Low dress 67.00-74.50; BONERS: 80-85% lean, Avg dress 73.00-78.00, High dress 82.00-83.00, Low dress 66.50-72.50; LEAN: 88-90% lean, Avg dress 69.00-74.50, High dress 78.00, Low dress 60.00-68.50.

SLAUGHTER BULLS: YG 1: 1350-2150 lbs avg dress 86.50-90.50, low dress 82.00-85.00.

RETURN TO FARM HOLSTEIN CALVES: Graded bull calves sold mostly 20.00-30.00 higher compared to last week on good demand. Heifers sold mostly 20.00-30.00 lower on moderate demand compared to last week. Ag Market News LLC under the USDA-QSA-LMAR program graded 434 head for this Thursday's graded sale. One hundred percent supply Holstein calves unless otherwise noted. All prices per cwt.

GRADED BULL CALVES: #1: 114-128 lbs 125.00-129.00, 94-112 lbs 133.00-140.00, 90-92 lbs 125.00, 80-84 lbs 105.00; #2: 94-128 lbs 129.00-140.00, 80-92 lbs 120.00; #3: 80-130 lbs 110.00-125.00, 72-78 lbs 65.00; UTILITY: 100-110 lbs 45.00, 80-98 lbs 80.00-86.00, 60-78 lbs 52.00.

HOLSTEIN HEIFER CALVES: 85-120 lbs 110.00-130.00; #2: 75-102 lbs 50.00-105.00; UTILITY/NON TUBING: 60-80 lbs 40.00-55.00.

Source: USDA Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Hog Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 1048; Last Week: 714; Year Ago: 1233.

When compared to last week`s sale, slaughter barrows and gilts sold 2.00-3.00 lower with moderate demand. Sows traded steady to 2.00 lower with moderate demand. All prices per cwt.

BARROWS/GILTS: 49-54% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 60.00-63.00, 300-400 lbs 61.00-63.00; 45-49% LEAN: 220-300 lbs 57.00-60.00, 300-400 lbs 57.50-60.50.

SOWS: US 1-3: 300-500 lbs 45.00-46.00, 500-700 lbs 50.00-51.50.

BOARS: 300-700 lbs 15.00-16.00.

Source: USDA Agricultural Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

New Holland Feeder Pig Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 16, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Receipts: 195; Last sale: 91.

When compared to the most recent auction, pigs sold sharply higher. Demand was very good on light supplies and very good buyer interest. All feeder pigs are sold per cwt.

US 1-2: 31 head, 20-25 lbs 540.00-590.00; 18 head, 30-40 lbs 500.00-560.00.

US 2: 23 head, 20-25 lbs 525.00-630.00; 49 head, 30-35 lbs 525.00-620.00; 11 head, 45-50 lbs 210.00-220.00.

NOTE: Next feeder pig sale Feb. 6.

Source: USDA Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

Carlisle Graded Feeder Pig Sale
Carlisle, Pa.
Jan. 11, 2013
Sale Reported by Ag Market News

Receipts: 326; Last Sale: 1275.

Good Demand expected for fat pigs under 45 lbs and 100 to 130 lbs for the Chinese New Year. All pigs were weighed on arrival and sold by the hundred weight.

US 1-2: 45 head, 25-29 lbs 218.00-242.00; 105 head, 34-39 lbs 210.00-250.00; 5 head, 47-47 lbs 110.00-110.00; 6 head, 52-59 lbs 100.00-119.00; 18 head, 67-69 lbs 83.00- 86.00; 16 head, 77-77 lbs 77.00- 77.00; 10 head, 86-86 lbs 75.00- 75.00; 79 head, 104-126 lbs 81.00- 87.00.

US 2: 10 head, 23-23 lbs 250.00-250.00; 8 head, 34-34 lbs 240.00-240.00; 5 head, 65-65 lbs 74.00-74.00; 3 head, 92-92 lbs 81.00-81.00.

AS IS: 9 head, 32-32 lbs 173.00-173.00; 7 head, 98-125 lbs 42.00-70.00.

NOTE: Next State Graded feeder pig sale Feb. 1.

SOURCE: Ag Market News, LLC. Dave Wert, 570-490-5587. www.AgMarketNews.com.

New Holland Weekly Horse Sale
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Report Supplied by Auction

160 total head. Overall market steady. Prices per head.

Work: 335.00-400.00.

Driving: 400.00-700.00.

Riding: 300.00-510.00.

Better Riding: 500.00-975.00.

Registered Riding: 775.00-2300.00.

Ponies: 50.00-575.00.

Large Ponies: 250.00-385.00.

New Holland Sheep & Goat Auction
New Holland, Pa.
Jan. 14, 2013
Reports Supplied by USDA

SHEEP/LAMB RECEIPTS: 2359; Last Monday: 2260; Year Ago: 1100.

GOAT RECEIPTS: 1847; Last Monday: 1601; Year Ago: 1884.

SHEEP/LAMBS: When compared to last week, slaughter lambs sold mostly 10.00-20.00 higher on good demand. Slaughter ewes traded mostly 5.00-10.00 lower on good demand. Prices dropping this week as buyers get back to average inventories. Slaughter supply consisted of 75 percent lambs, 22 percent slaughter ewes, and 3 percent miscellaneous stock. All sheep and lambs are destined for non-traditional markets. All sheep and lambs are sold by the hundred weight,on actual weights. Non-Traditional Markets:

SLAUGHTER LAMBS: WOOLED/SHORN: CHOICE/PRIME 2-3: 50-60 lbs 175.00-190.00, hair lambs 184.00-204.00, 60-70 lbs 182.00- 206.00, hair lambs 177.00-206.00, 70-80 lbs 170.00-194.00, hair lambs 164.00- 186.00, 80-90 lbs 156.00-177.00, hair lambs 154.00-172.00; CHOICE/PRIME 3-4: 50-60 lbs fancy 247.00-267.00, fancy hair lambs 210.00- 227.00, 60-70 lbs fancy 212.00-242.00, fancy hair lambs 210.00-220.00, 70-90 lbs fancy 192.00-207.00; GOOD/CHOICE 1-3: 50-60 lbs 180.00, hair lambs 178.00, 60-70 lbs 160.00-170.00, hair lambs 150.00-158.00, 70-90 lbs 144.00-154.00, hair lambs 146.00-154.00, 90-120 lbs 132.00-152.00, hair lambs 126.00-144.00, 130-160 lbs 128.00-134.00; UTILITY/GOOD 1-2: 77 lbs hair lambs 138.00, 90-130 lbs 115.00-131.00.

SLAUGHTER EWES: GOOD 2-3: Medium Flesh 100-150 lbs 77.00-90.00, 160-200 lbs 70.00-90.00; UTILITY 1-2: Thin Flesh 110-150 lbs 60.00-80.00, 160-200 lbs 66.00-70.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS: 100-150 lbs 80.00-115.00, 200-250 lbs 60.00-78.00.

SLAUGHTER GOATS: When compared to last week, slaughter kid goats sold mostly steady with good demand. Nanny goats sold 10.00-20.00 lower on moderatre demand. Slaughter billies sold mostly steady. Slaughter supply consisted of 64 percent Slaughter Kids, 22 percent Slaughter Nannies, and 14 percent bucks/billies and wethers. All Goats are sold by the head on estimated weights.

SLAUGHTER KIDS: SEL 1: 40-60 lbs 100.00-132.00, 60-80 lbs 138.00-170.00, 80-100 lbs 164.00-188.00, 130 lbs 150.00; SEL 2: 40-45 lbs 66.00-980.00, 50-60 lbs 100.00-122.00, 60-80 lbs 112.00-134.00, 80-90 lbs 146.00-156.00; SEL 3: 70-75 lbs 92.00-102.00.

SLAUGHTER NANNIES/DOES: SEL 1: 110-125 lbs 164.00-176.00, 130-145 lbs 166.00-175.00; SEL 2: 100-120 lbs 140.00-162.00, 130-135 lbs 160.00-166.00; SEL 3: 90-125 lbs 110.00-130.00.

SLAUGHTER BUCKS/BILLIES: SEL 1: 130-135 lbs 192.00-228.00, 150-175 lbs 227.00-260.00; SEL 2: 100-140 lbs 120.00-182.00, 150 lbs 226.00.

SLAUGHTER WETHERS: SEL 1: 80-100 lbs 150.00-190.00, 100-125 lbs 200.00-244.00, 155 lbs 280.00; SEL 2: 80-100 lbs 126.00-150.00.

Source: USDA Dept. of Ag Market News, New Holland, PA. Levi Geyer, 717-406-7350. John Stacy, 717-354-2391.

East Fluid Milk & Cream Review
Madison, Wis.
Jan. 16, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

Fluid cream and condensed skim prices in tanklot quantities: spot prices of class II cream, dollars per lb. Butterfat: F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast — 1.5304-1.7490.

Prices of condensed skim, dollars per lb. solids, F.O.B. producing plants: Northeast - Class II - includes monthly formula prices — 1.54-1.61. Northeast - Class III - spot prices — 1.55-1.63.

Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of FLORIDA: THIS WK: In 0, Out 55; LAST WK: In 0, Out 57; LAST YR: In 0, Out 70. Spot Shipments of Grade A Milk into or out of other SOUTHEASTERN STATES: 0.

Milk production is increasing and above year ago levels in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, keeping manufacturing milk supplies fairly heavy. Class I demand is good, but has leveled off as pipelines are now full and schools are back in session. USDA’s crop report, released Friday, revealed December 2012 hay stocks are at their lowest since 1957 at 76.55 million tons, down 15.6% from December 2011. Most states in the East showed declines in hay production compared to last year, except for a couple of states in New England. Warm weather with daytime highs in the mid-80’s continues in Florida, lowering cow comfort levels and limiting milk production.

Class I demand is about steady. Winter grazing crops are doing fairly well due to the warm temperatures, but could use more rain. Class I demand continues strong in the Southeast with some bottling plants adding a number of loads. Milk production in the region is increasing with supplies nearly in balance with need. Only a few loads being diverted to auxiliary manufacturing plants. Heavy rains over the past few days have caused some minor flooding and slowed transports in some instances.

Cream volumes remain heavy as cream coming from yogurt production, standardized cream from bottling plants and high butterfat levels from increasing milk supplies, are all contributing to the overall supply. Demand is steady to weak as supplies quickly out pace demand, causing a majority of the cream to be channeled to churns. A few loads over the weekend had to move to the Midwest in order to find a home.

Some ice cream and cream based dip manufacturers have increased production and their need for cream, but cream cheese makers have slowed production, typical for this time of year. Multiples ranged from 105-120. Condensed skim supplies also remain fairly heavy, following the increases in milk production.

Class II demand is weak as most manufacturers are matching production with contracted supplies and holding off additional load purchases, expecting prices to decline following the Advance Price release Wednesday afternoon. A majority of the condensed skim supplies are being channeled to Class IV production.

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Dairy Product Price Highlights
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 16, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/AMS

BUTTER prices received for 25 kilogram and 68 pound boxes meeting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade AA standards averaged $1.52 per pound for the week ending January 12, 2013. The United States (US) price per pound decreased 1.2 cents from the previous week.

CHEDDAR CHEESE prices received for US 40 pound blocks averaged $1.75 per pound for the week ending January 12, 2013. The price per pound increased 0.7 cents from the previous week. The price for US 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.74 per pound, up 2.5 cents from the previous week.

DRY WHEY prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade standards averaged 65.7 cents per pound for the week ending January 12, 2013. The US price per pound increased 0.8 cents from the previous week.

NONFAT DRY MILK prices received for bag, tote, and tanker sales meeting USDA Extra Grade or United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Grade A standards averaged $1.55 per pound for the week ending January 12, 2013. The US price per pound decreased 3.0 cents from the previous week.

U.S. Crop Production
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Orange Production Down 2%

The United States ALL ORANGE forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 8.83 million tons, down 2 percent from both the previous forecast and the 2011-2012 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 142 million boxes (6.39 million tons), is down 3 percent from both the December forecast and last season’s final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 66.0 million boxes (2.97 million tons), down 1 percent from the December forecast and down 11 percent from last season. Projected droppage is the highest since the 1969-1970 season while size is projected to be below average. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 76.0 million boxes (3.42 million tons), is down 4 percent from the December forecast but up 5 percent from the 2011-2012 crop.

FLORIDA FROZEN CONCENTRATED orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the 2012-2013 season is 1.61 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, unchanged from the December forecast but down 1 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons per box. The early-midseason portion is projected at 1.50 gallons per box, down 2 percent from last season’s yield of 1.53 gallons per box. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.71 gallons per box, 2 percent lower than last year’s final yield of 1.75 gallons per box. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.

Annual Summary

CORN for grain production is estimated at 10.8 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the November 1 forecast but 13 percent below 2011. The average yield in the United States is estimated at 123.4 bushels per acre. This is up 1.1 bushels from the November forecast but 23.8 bushels below the 2011 average yield of 147.2. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 87.4 million acres, down slightly from the November forecast but up 4 percent from 2011.

SORGHUM grain production in 2012 is estimated at 247 million bushels, down 4 percent from the November 1 forecast but up 15 percent from 2011. Planted area is estimated at 6.24 million acres, up 14 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain, at 4.96 million acres, is up 26 percent from 2011. Average grain yield, at 49.8 bushels per acre, is down 1.3 bushels from the previous forecast and down 4.8 bushels from last year.

RICE: Production in 2012 is estimated 199 million cwt, up slightly from the previous forecast and 8 percent above 2011. Planted area is estimated at 2.70 million acres, up slightly from 2011. Area harvested, at 2.68 million acres, is up 2 percent from the previous crop year. The average yield for all United States rice is estimated at a record high 7,449 pounds per acre, up 32 pounds from the previous forecast and 382 pounds above the 2011 yield.

SOYBEAN production in 2012 totaled 3.01 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the November 1 forecast but down 3 percent from 2011. United States production is the seventh largest on record. The average yield per acre is estimated at 39.6 bushels, 0.3 bushel above the November 1 forecast but 2.3 bushels below last year’s yield. Harvested area is up 3 percent from 2011 to 76.1 million acres and is the third highest on record.

All COTTON production is estimated at 17.0 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from last month but up 9 percent from 2011. The United States yield is estimated at 866 pounds per acre, up 73 pounds from the December 1 forecast and up 76 pounds from last year. Harvested area, at 9.43 million acres, is down 10 percent from last month and down fractionally from last year.

Released January 11, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Feed Outlook
Washington, D. C.
Jan. 15, 2013
Reports supplied by USDA/ERS

Yield Gain Boosts Supplies as Tight Stocks Indicate Higher Feed, Residual Use

The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Crop Production 2012 Summary and January Grain Stocks reports revealed larger corn production this month and lower-thanexpected December 1 stocks, resulting in a sharply increased outlook for 2012/13 feed and residual use. Feed grain production for 2012/13 is estimated at 285.8 million tons, up 1.2 million from last month as higher estimated corn production more than offset lower sorghum output. Feed grain ending stocks are forecast down 1.4 million tons to 18.1 million tons. Corn production is estimated 55 million bushels higher, with harvested acreage slipping 346,000 acres, but the national average yield raised by 1.1 bushels per acre. Projected 2012/13 corn ending stocks are lowered 45 million bushels, as a 200-million-bushel decrease in exports is more than offset by a 300-million-bushel increase in feed and residual use. Corn export prospects are lowered by increased competition from South America and tight U.S. supplies as revealed by the December 1 stocks. Ending stocks at 5.3 percent of projected usage will be the tightest since 1995/96. The projected season average farm price is raised for sorghum and unchanged for corn, barley, and oats. The December 1 stocks revealed very large sorghum use, boosting feed and residual 50 million bushels for the year, while tight supplies for the coming months reduce expected exports 35 million bushels.

U.S. Grain Stocks
Washington D.C.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

Corn Stocks Down 17%

CORN stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 8.03 billion bushels, down 17 percent from December 1, 2011. Of the total stocks, 4.59 billion bushels are stored on farms, down 26 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 3.44 billion bushels, are down 1 percent from a year ago. The September - November 2012 indicated disappearance is 3.74 billion bushels, compared with 3.84 billion bushels during the same period last year.

Soybean Stocks Down 17%

SOYBEANS stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 1.97 billion bushels, down 17 percent from December 1, 2011. Soybean stocks stored on farms totaled 910 million bushels, down 20 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 1.06 billion bushels, are down 14 percent from last December. Indicated disappearance for September - November 2012 totaled a record high 1.22 billion bushels, up 30 percent from the same period a year earlier.

All Wheat Stocks Down Slightly

ALL WHEAT stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 1.66 billion bushels, down slightly from a year ago. On-farm stocks are estimated at 400 million bushels, down 1 percent from last December. Off-farm stocks, at 1.26 billion bushels, are up slightly from a year ago. The September - November 2012 indicated disappearance is 445 million bushels, down 8 percent from the same period a year earlier.

DURUM WHEAT stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 61.0 million bushels, up 27 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 36.7 million bushels, are up 50 percent from December 1, 2011. Off-farm stocks totaled 24.3 million bushels, up 3 percent from a year ago. The September - November 2012 indicated disappearance of 7.44 million bushels is down 53 percent from the same period a year earlier.

BARLEY stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 158 million bushels, up 14 percent from December 1, 2011. On-farm stocks are estimated at 72.6 million bushels, 31 percent above a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 85.3 million bushels, are 2 percent above December 2011. The September - November 2012 indicated disappearance is 38.9 million bushels, 8 percent above the same period a year earlier.

OATS stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 73.1 million bushels, 8 percent below the stocks on December 1, 2011. Of the total stocks on hand, 26.0 million bushels are stored on farms, up 4 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks totaled 47.1 million bushels, down 13 percent from the previous year.

GRAIN SORGHUM stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 totaled 139 million bushels, down 8 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 17.3 million bushels, are down 38 percent from December 1 last year. Off-farm stocks, at 122 million bushels, are down 1 percent from a year earlier. The September - November 2012 indicated disappearance from all positions is 131 million bushels, up 44 percent from the same period in 2011.

PULSE CROPS stored in all positions on December 1, 2012 and the change from December 1, 2011 are: dry edible peas, 5.19 million cwt, up 25 percent; lentils, 3.57 million cwt, down 11 percent; Austrian winter peas, 86,000 cwt, down 33 percent; all chickpeas, 1,627,000 cwt, up 51 percent; small chickpeas, 710,000 cwt, up 64 percent; and large chickpeas, 917,000 cwt, up 43 percent.

Released January 11, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Rice Stocks
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Rough Rice Stocks Up Slightly

Rough rice stocks in all positions on December 1, 2012, totaled 148 million hundredweight (cwt), up slightly from the total on December 1, 2011. Stocks held on farms totaled 39.4 million cwt, and off-farm stocks totaled 108 million cwt. Long grain varieties accounted for 67 percent of the total rough rice, medium grain accounted for 31 percent, and short grain varieties accounted for 2 percent. Milled rice stocks in all positions totaled 6.92 million cwt, up 11 percent from a year ago.

Milled rice stocks were comprised of 4.31 million cwt of whole kernel rice and 2.61 million cwt of second heads, screenings, and brewers rice.

Released January 11, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Turkeys
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 15, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Eggs in Incubators Down 1%: Turkey eggs in incubators on January 1, 2013, in the United States totaled 28.1 million, down 1 percent from January 1, 2012. Eggs in incubators were up 5 percent from the December 1, 2012 total of 26.7 million eggs.

Poults Hatched During Dec. Down 11%: Turkey poults hatched during December 2012, in the United States totaled 22.0 million, down 11 percent from December 2011. Poults hatched were down 7 percent from the November 2012 total of 23.7 million poults.

Net Poults Placed During Dec. Down 12%: The 21.1 million net poults placed during December 2012 in the United States were down 12 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were down 9 percent from the November 2012 total of 23.2 million.

Released January 15, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

U.S. Winter Wheat
Washington D.C.
Jan. 11, 2013
Report supplied by USDA/NASS

Planted Acres Up 1%

WINTER WHEAT SEEDED area for 2013 is expected to total 41.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are: Hard Red Winter, 29.1 million; Soft Red Winter, 9.42 million; and White Winter, 3.27 million.

WINTER WHEAT: PLANTED area for harvest in 2013 is estimated at 41.8 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012 and 3 percent above 2011. Seeding began last August but by the middle of September was behind the 5-year average as producers waited for improved soil moisture levels. However, by the end of October, seeding had progressed ahead of last year and the 5-year average. More acres were seeded this year due to the early row crop harvest and higher prices.

HARD RED WINTER (HRW) wheat seeded area is about 29.1 million acres, down 2 percent from 2012. Acreage changes from last year are mixed across the growing region. Growers in Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas planted significantly more acres this year while large acreage decreases occurred in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and the Dakotas. Widespread drought conditions and lack of moisture continues to be a concern across much of the HRW growing area.

SOFT RED WINTER (SRW) wheat seeded area is about 9.42 million acres, up 16 percent from last year. Increases from last year are estimated in most SRW growing States with North Carolina producers seeding a record high area.

WHITE WINTER wheat seeded area totals nearly 3.27 million acres, down 2 percent from 2012. Planted acreage in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) is down from last year. Planting got off to an average start but by the middle of October was behind the 5-year average in all three States. By November 13, seeding was virtually complete in the region.

DURUM WHEAT: Seedings in Arizona and California for 2013 harvest are estimated at 170,000 acres, down 31 percent from 2012 and 15 percent below 2011. Planting has progressed well in both the San Joaquin Valley and Imperial Valley. No major problems with the crop have been reported.

Released January 11, 2013, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Monthly Bison Carcass Report
Des Moines, Iowa
Jan. 11, 2013
Report Supplied by USDA

ACTUAL SLAUGHTER NUMBERS IN FEDERALLY INSPECTED PLANTS (not necessarily inspected) bison: week ending 12/01/12: 977; week ending 12/08/12: 808; week ending 12/15/12: 810; week ending 12/22/12: 796; week ending 12/29/12: 550; Total: 3,941.

CANADIAN LIVE BISON IMPORTS INTO U.S. FOR DECEMBER: Slaughter Male: 320; Slaughter Female: 251; Feeder Male: 367; Feeder Female: 93; Total: 1031.

BISON CARCASSES: Compared to November’s report: Prices were steady or slightly lower on bison carcasses regardless of age of gender. The number of market ready bison was limited, restricting orders, while resulting bison meat prices kept distributors scrambling to fill existing orders

BISON MEAT: Compared to November’s report: Both fresh and frozen bison meat prices fell even though the amount of bison meat marketed for the month was reduced. Prices were also lower for bison trim, grinds and patties possibling indicating consumer resistance to existing price levels.

Source: USDA Market News Service, Des Moines, IA. Nina Biensen, 515-284-4460.


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