Saturday Morning Agriculture Report

Egg Production

Iowa egg production during January 2017 was 1.38 billion eggs, up slightly from last month, and up 53 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average number of all layers on hand during January 2017 was 55.5 million, up 1 percent from last month, and up 32 percent from last year. Eggs per 100 layers for January were 2,486, down 1 percent from last month, but up 16 percent from last year, and the second highest rate of lay since records began in 1988.

United States egg production totaled 9.04 billion during January 2017, up 9 percent from last year. Production included 7.91 billion table eggs, and 1.12 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.04 billion were broiler-type and 87.7 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2017 averaged 376 million, up 5 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,401 eggs, up 3 percent from January 2016.           All layers in the United States on February 1, 2017 totaled 376 million, up 5 percent from last year. The 376 million layers consisted of 318 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.7 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.50 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on February 1, 2017, averaged 77.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 3 percent from February 1, 2016.

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2017 totaled 43.4 million, down 9 percent from January 2016. Eggs in incubators totaled 48.0 million on February 1, 2017, up slightly from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 222 thousand during January 2017, up 50 percent from January 2016.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2017 totaled 809 million, up 1 percent from January 2016. Eggs in incubators totaled 659 million on February 1, 2017, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.16 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2017, up 6 percent from January 2016.

Average Farm Prices

The average price received by farmers for corn during January in Iowa was $3.34 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report.  This was up $0.07 from the December price, but $0.21 below January 2016.

The January 2017 average price received by farmers for soybeans, at $9.58 per bushel, was unchanged from the December price, but $1.12 above the January 2016 price.

The January average oat price per bushel was $3.00, up $0.37 from December, and $0.38 above January 2016.

All hay prices in Iowa averaged $89.00 per ton in January. This was down $4.00 from the December price, and $27.00 less than January 2016.  The January 2017 alfalfa hay price averaged $94.00, down $5.00 from December, and $28.00 below January 2016. The average price received for other hay during January was $80.00 per ton. This was down $5.00 from the December price, and $21.00 lower than last year.

The average price was $19.20 per cwt for milk, down $0.30 per cwt from the December price, but $3.30 above one year ago.

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