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Driving 2016 Milk Prices

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As it should be.

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No Room in US Grain Silos Means Dumping Wheat in Parking Lots

Some American wheat farmers are not only going to lose money on every bushel they harvest this month, many won’t have a proper place to store it. U.S. grain silos still hold surpluses from last year. Combined stockpiles for major crops -- corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum -- are the biggest for this time of year since 1988. With demand slowing and output rising, space will get tighter, especially for wheat, which is the first one harvested. Some growers may dump grain in parking lots or vacant buildings. “It will be the worst storage crunch in the 30 years I have been trading wheat,” said Michael O’Dea, a risk management consultant at INTL FCStone Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. “A lot of grain will end up in ground piles.”

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Making It Through Tight Margins

Agriculture is cyclical on many levels... whether it is the seasons of the year, animal gestation, or even economics. The Class III price cycles to a new peak about every 28 to 42 months. The last peak was September 2014. Following historical logic, that means a good chance of the next peak being sometime between January 2017 and March 2018. These days, the timing of the next peak is not as concerning as just getting through a time of tight margins. The current situation indicates that more milk is on hand and there is not enough demand to counter the price depressing impact of greater supply. Futures prices are $15 or lower for the rest of 2016. What should a dairy farmer do?

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Dairy Safety Net in Need of Patches

The federal dairy farm “safety net” needs some patches, dairy economists and a dairy cooperative leader told a House subcommittee recently. The Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) garnered attention on Capitol Hill as the House Agriculture Committee wrapped up a series of six “Focus on the Farm Economy” hearings in late May. Hosted by the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, a “View from the Barnyard on the Farm Economy” hearing included input from dairy industry representatives.“One thing is clear when looking at the financial picture of the livestock sector; the highs have been breathtakingly high while the lows have been desperately low,” said Brown…

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