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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 25, 2017 Receipts: 110 loads Last Week: 61 loads Last Year: 75 loads Compared to last week: Alfalfa and grass hay generally steady. Moderate to good buyer interest. Alfalfa: Premium: Large Squares 5 loads 115.00-135.00. Good: Large Rounds and Squares, 23 loads 87.50-117.50. Fair: Large Rounds Squares 26 […]
  • June Is Dairy Month
    Over the years, June Dairy Month events have been a tradition in most communities. The annual celebration of the contributions of milk and the dairy industry to citizens and communities originated in 1937. During its first two years, 1937 and 1938, it was called National Milk Month and ran from June 10 to July 10. […]
  • Weekly Hay Auction Report
    Rock Valley Hay Auction for Thursday, May 18, 2017 Receipts:  61 loads    Last Week:  92 loads    Last Year:  74 loads Compared to last week:   Alfalfa hay sold higher, grass hay was steady.  Very little interest in bedding, straw condition poor. Alfalfa:  Premium:  Large Rounds and Squares 4 loads 115.00-127.50. Good:  Large Rounds and Squares, 11 […]
  • April Returns To Management Fall For Dairymen
    The April 2017 milk production budgets for Iowa and Nebraska deteriorated compared to March according to the monthly budget study from Nebraska Extension Educator Robert Tigner. Total gross income was down by just under $1 per cwt because of a drop in the PPD, butterfat price, protein price and quality premium. For the 20,000 pound […]
  • Breakfast on the Farm
    Jones Dairy invites everyone to join them for breakfast on their farm on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Breakfast is free for everyone and will be served from 7:00 – 10:00 am. This is sure to be a morning filled with great food, fun, and learning! For more information, check out the Jones Dairy Facebook page.
  • Northwest IA Dairy Banquet to Feature Peterson Farm Bros
    The Sioux County Dairy Promotion Board’s annual dairy banquet will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Western Christian High School in Hull. The meal will be served from 5:30-6:30 pm, and the Peterson Farm Brothers will take the stage at 7:00 pm. The Peterson Brothers are three brothers from central Kansas who make […]
  • Long-term flooding Can Cause Alfalfa Issues
    Our topography and soil types prevent most crop damage during flooding; however, time, temperature and plant growth status are major factors that affect the extent of crop damage after a flood. This may become an issue with a prolonged rainy period. A June or July flood, for example, is often much worse for crop survival […]
  • Protocols for Collecting Hay Samples
    New crop hay will start hitting the hay auctions in the next few weeks and it will be important for buyers to understand the value of accurate nutrient testing. Plus, now is a good time to review sampling protocols. Even the best nutritionist can’t balance a ration properly if he or she has flawed test […]
  • Iowa Hay Supply Up From 2016
    The May USDA Crop Report showed hay stocks as of May 1 at 24.4 million tons, that’s a three percent decline or 750,000 tons less than last May, but remains as the third largest inventory since 2005. Disappearance from December 1, 2016 – May1, 2017 totaled 71.4 million tons, compared with 69.9 million tons for […]
  • New WASDE Report Available
    The May 10th World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report presents USDA’s initial assessment of U.S. and world crop supply and demand prospects and U.S. prices for 2017/18. The report included the first calendar-year 2018 projections of U.S. livestock, poultry, and dairy products. Price chart Forecast milk production in 2017 is lowered from the […]

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