SATURDAY MORNING AG WRAP: Labor and Milk Prices

There were 15,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri) during the reference week of January 8-14, 2017, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report.  Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.82 per hour, up $0.59 from January 2016.  The number of hours worked averaged 35.3 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 36.1 hours in January 2016.

During the reference week of April 9-15, 2017, there were 18,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri).  Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.41 per hour during the April 2017 reference week, up $0.24 from April 2016.  The number of hours worked averaged 37.2 for hired workers during the reference week, down from 37.8 hours in April 2016.

There were 15,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri) during the reference week of January 8-14, 2017, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Farm Labor Report.  Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.82 per hour, up $0.59 from January 2016.  The number of hours worked averaged 35.3 for hired workers during the reference week, compared with 36.1 hours in January 2016.

During the reference week of April 9-15, 2017, there were 18,000 workers hired directly by farms in the Cornbelt II Region (Iowa and Missouri).  Farm operators paid their hired workers an average wage rate of $13.41 per hour during the April 2017 reference week, up $0.24 from April 2016.  The number of hours worked averaged 37.2 for hired workers during the reference week, down from 37.8 hours in April 2016.

Milk production in Iowa during April 2017 totaled 432 million pounds, up 2 percent from the previous April according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report. The average number of milk cows during April, at 217,000 head, was 1,000 more than last month and 5,000 more than last year.  Monthly production per cow averaged 1,990 pounds, the same as last April.

Milk production in the 23 major States during April totaled 17.2 billion pounds, up 2.0 percent from April 2016. March revised production, at 17.6 billion pounds, was up 1.9 percent from March 2016.  The March revision represented an increase of 30 million pounds or 0.2 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,967 pounds for April, 20 pounds above April 2016. This is the highest production per cow for the month of April since the 23 State series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.72 million head, 81,000 head more than April 2016, and 8,000 head more than March 2017.

Milk production in the United States during April totaled 18.3 billion pounds, up 2.0 percent from April 2016.

Production per cow in the United States averaged 1,949 pounds for April, 24 pounds above April 2016.

The number of milk cows on farms in the United States was 9.39 million head, 69,000 head more than April 2016, and 8,000 head more than March 2017.

 

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