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Feed & Grain Price Updates

Below you'll find our monthly feed and grain price updates, in chronological order.

Feed and Pay Price Update

Added January 24, 2014. Organic fluid milk sales are growing steadily with a year-to-date increase of 4.7% over last year, with some strong competition in the dairy case in the Northeast as Horizon Organic maintains the number one position in retail sales, with sales of store brand/private label in second place. What is equally interesting is what the major organic milk companies are doing as organic increases its drive toward consolidation. WhiteWave have decided to sell their large organic dairy in Idaho (can’t make it pay) and is now expanding into China through a joint-venture agreement with China Mengniu Dairy Co., plus they have just completed their $600 million purchase of Earthbound Farm, a California company that sells organic salads, dried fruits and frozen fruits and vegetables. Organic Valley, through its subsidiaries Organic Prairie and Lorentz Meats, is investing in a slaughterhouse and meat processing facility in southern Vermont and will distribute product throughout New England in partnership with Black River Produce, despite the fact that reports say their organic beef program is struggling. Stonyfield has decided to set up their own pool of milk in New England, and Blue Goose (Canada) is expanding rapidly (Google them!).

Organic corn is still in the $10-12 per bushel range in the midwest but there are fears of a lower than average bushel weight. Organic livestock and grain farmers have plenty to deal with over and above the weather, which is literally freezing teats on milking cows no matter what producers use to try to protect them. Organic grain growers are faced with projections that conventional prices for corn will drop as low as $2-3 per bushel in 2015, the organic price would then be projected at $6-7 per bushel (roughly double the conventional price). If that happens we will see an exodus of organic grain producers. Grain producers need a fair price to ensure that we have enough domestic production for livestock. At that lower price there will probably be a slowdown in imported grains, except that the organic poultry farms are the biggest consumers of organic grain and are currently importing product from countries as far away as India, which comes into the US from Canada.

For more details please go to:

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Feed and Pay Price Updates

Added November 18, 2013. USDA Agricultural Marketing  Services (AMS) reports that total fluid sale for organic milk was up again for September 2013; 192 million pounds, which is 10.4% higher than September last year and 5.3% higher than 2012 year to date, with whole milk showing the biggest increase. Organic half gallons retail price is averaging 40 cents lower than 2012 at $3.48.

USDA AMS reported national organic grain and feedstuff prices were holding steady as the harvest season for corn and soybeans comes to an end. Demand for feed grade corn and soybeans remains good as the industry waits to see what yields are nationally with initial yields being higher than expected. Corn for June thru August delivery is being priced at $11 per bushel; about $4 per bushel lower than last year. There are variable reports across the country as to supply and price of organic feed, plus which feed mills contracted ahead and at what prices.

For more details on pay price and retail sales please go to:

payprice_update_11182013.shtml

For an update of Feed prices please go to:

feed_prices_11-18-13.shtml

Feed & Pay Price Updates

Addeded October 6, 2013. Any gathering of organic dairy producers always comes around to the question of pay price and the topic dominated discussions at the NODPA Field Days. At this year’s Field Days Kevin Engelbert gave an excellent key-note speech which pulled no punches about the reality of the situation and the need for producers to take action.

The producer meeting on Friday morning was dominated by concern about how pay price is being tied to individual inputs along with producer efficiency. Horizon (WhiteWave) has continued its MAP of $3/cwt (which has been in place for over a year) to the end of 2013 based on the continuing high price of corn, which misses the point that all inputs have risen and the base price needs to increase. Stonyfield Farm will be holding another producer meeting in Maine to continue their investigation about their own pool of milk in the Northeast complete with an array of experts that can help producers become more ‘efficient’. Producers across the globe have heard this before and many are insulted that these experts (mostly from academia) can tell them how to farm and cut their costs.

Perhaps if Stonyfield, Organic Valley and Horizon (WhiteWave) allowed business professionals and producers to examine their operations to evaluate them against the most efficient in their industry and suggest ways they could become more efficient and cut their costs, then producers would be more open to sharing their business records and production systems. Stonyfield still has yet to name a pay price for the milk they will purchase as part of their proposed pool of organic raw milk but have promised to make a decision by the end of the year on whether to proceed with purchasing milk directly from producers rather than from Organic Valley. In July Organic Valley informed producers of a 100% base quota (they proposed only paying full price for the base production agreed between the company and producer) with a $12.00 per cwt deduct for milk produced over that quota each month starting with October 1st 2013. At the September Organic Valley Board of Directors meeting, the quota was rescinded and all winter bonus payments were left in place ($3.00/cwt for December, January and  February). Some say milk supplies are long, some short. Organic fluid milk sales are growing steadily with some strong competition in the dairy case in the Northeast, including increasingly from MOO Milk from Maine.

For more details on pay price and retail sales please go to:

payprice_update_10062013.shtml

For an update of Feed prices please go to:

feed_prices_10-06-13.shtml

Feed and Pay Price

Added September 10, 2013. Organic fluid milk sales are growing steadily with some strong competition in the dairy case in the Northeast as Horizon Organic maintains the number one position in retail sales, with sales of store brand/private label in second place. While the average retail price remains fairly stable the low end of the retail price is currently $2.59 per half gallon which will be for in-store brand promotions and store brand loss leader promotions as organic milk is used to attract organic shoppers. Contracted pay price for producers hasn’t changed and with component and quality bonuses the farm-gate price is reaching the mid $30 per hundred for many producers but profitability for all but the most established organic farms is still dropping. Organic Valley has sent its member-owners notice of a 100% base quota (they will only pay full price for the base production agreed between the company and producer) with a $12.00 per cwt deduct for milk produced over that quota each month starting with October 1st 2013 production. This quota is to remain in effect until conditions improve for Organic Valley and will affect those producers who have recently expanded or those that regularly produce over their agreed base. While the cooperative leaders are optimistic that they will not have to impose an actual quota they are also facing an initiative by Stonyfield to investigate setting up their own milk pool in the Northeast. For more details and charts showing the growth of organic sales and the increase in the retail price over time please go to: LINK

Corn and Soybean prices are generally running under 2012 levels but hay and forage are higher, especially in the Midwest where the weather has followed an unpredictable roller coaster of extremes. While the contracted prices are lower there is no thought or indication that these slightly lower prices will be passed on to producers who purchase pelleted feed. In the Northeast 2012 had a summer drought that burnt up the pastures and cut the yields on field crops and hay and 2013 has seen excess rainfall causing late planting and delayed harvesting but the pastures are still growing. Corn yields in the East are generally predicted to be higher than those in Central US but concerns of an early frost and late planting makes predictions difficult.  For more information please go to:

Feed Update

Price Update

Feed Price Update

Added May 20, 2013. Current market prices for feed have changed little in the last few months. What everyone is watching is the weather and the world demand for corn. With a new seemingly steady price for non-organic corn of between $6-7 per bushel there will not be many transitioning to organic production. With the number of organic egg layers jumping by 3 million between July 2011 (5 million) and April 2013 (8.190 million), the demand for organic feed from organic poultry folks is dominating the market. Future prices for next fall show no signs of dropping so dairy producers should be budgeting for similar price of organic corn for 2014, and if the weather is not amenable they will go higher. For more details please go to:

feed_prices_05-20-13.shtml

 

Feed Price Update

Added April 10, 2013. Organic feed prices have not followed the non-organic price down but trading reported by USDA AMS is at a near standstill as buyers have their needs met despite growers wanting to sell inventory. Quality forage is hard to come by as spring grazing in the Northeast is slow to start up. For updated data please go to:

feed_prices_04-10-13.shtml

Feed and Pay Price Updates

Added March 18, 2013. Organic milk processors and buyers have implemented increases in pay price through seasonal Market Adjustment Premiums (MAP’s) (with Horizon extending their seasonal payment to June 2013) but costs are rising as rapidly as the premiums are extended. Producers are reporting record high farm-gate pay prices this winter, between $35-$40/cwt with quality and component payments added, but are still having difficulty paying bills. The current market data shows that Horizon is still the leader for sale of retail fluid product but store brand is now in second place ahead of Organic Valley/Stoneyfield Farm brands. Market reports also indicate that more organic milk is going into manufacturing than usual at this time of year as producers adapt their production systems to a higher seasonal price. How this will affect the traditional spring flush of milk, which is usually put into manufactured product or sold on the non-organic market, is uncertain especially as last year the increase was much less than usual.

On March 8th 2013, AMS reported that total organic fluid sales for December 2012 of 174 million pounds, were down 4.3% from December 2011, but up 2.9% January through December 2012 compared with 2011. Organic whole milk sales for December 2012, 48 million pounds, were up 8.2% compared with December 2011, and up 10.4% January through December 2012 compared with 2011. Organic Fat-Reduced milk sales for December 2012 of 126 million pounds were down 8.4% compared with December 2011, but up 0.6% January through December 2012 compared with 2011.

For more information and historical charts on pay price:
payprice_update_03182013.shtml

For more information on the static level of Feed prices please go to:
feed_prices_03-18-13.shtml

For Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) target pricing for corn and livestock please go to: www.ofarm.org

Feed Price Update

Added February 11, 2013. On a recent conference call with organic dairy producers from across the country it was very clear that everyone has been fine-tuning their calculations about the inventory of their feed as availability of purchased organic forage and grain is both spotty and expensive. It is at times like this when the pay price, though relatively high with extended MAP’s, good component pricing and seasonal payments, doesn’t cover cost of inputs, that the integrity of organic production is stretched with the temptation to purchase non-organic feed. Organic dairy farm families need to be paid enough to support their cost of production as we must now plan for cost of feed and inputs at new high norms. Corn has been at over $12/bushel for over a year and shows no sign of declining and organic soybean contract for delivery in October 2013 are priced at $28/bushel. If parity pricing was an accepted form of deciding pay price, the organic pay price would be at least $20 higher than it is now.  For more details and graphs about feed prices, please go to:

feed_prices_02-11-13.shtml

Feed price update

Added January 22, 2013. USDA Organic Dairy Market News reported that despite the increase in retail prices, organic sales are at an all-time high for October 2012, approximately 6% higher that October 2011 and 5% higher over the last 12 months. As demand for raw milk increases, pay price remains largely unchanged and the organic dairy farmer share of the retail dollar remains at least 15% lower than their conventional neighbors. But there is no break in the price for feed with 16% crude protein organic feed nearly double what it was in 2010, even with imports of soybeans and substitution of other grains and alfalfa in pelleted mixes. There’s not much change in the price of corn and soybeans, but many project an increase in product from Canada, China and South America to provide for the US livestock market. The bushel price for corn and soybeans has remained steady at $15 and $28 respectively. The price for soybean meal is steady at $1,175- $1,300 per ton depending on location, but still $400 higher than last year. Corn meal ranges from $600-700 per ton depending on location. Hay is increasingly more difficult to find and prices are around $300 per ton. For all the details please go to:

feed_prices_01-22-13.shtml

Feed Update

Added October 11, 2012. The only good news is that the feed situation hasn’t gotten any worse as everyone waits for the results of the harvest. With various and very diverse reports coming from different regions, it is almost impossible for producers that buy their feed direct from the farm to have any idea of the prices. For feed dealers who have locked in prices and contracts for months in advance, their concerns are about quality and grain farmers honoring their contracts, especially on imports. Feed dealers report that many producers on COD and account receivables have increased to levels above what most loan officers will tolerate as the average price for 16% grain increased by 38% over 2011 prices. As one presenter at the NODPA Field Days remarked – “times are tough and there are two things that are not true –everyone lives happily ever after, and a farmer being able to pay next month’s bill if he can’t pay this one.” For more information on what feed prices are doing, please click here.

Feed Hard To Find, State to State Difference in Price

Added September 10, 2012. Corn and soybeans are not only expensive but difficult to find and, with no firm forecasts for the new season, producers are looking at limited availability for alternative feed sources and rapidly increasing prices. Some organic operations are reportedly experiencing a decrease in financial support from lenders, as well as a lack of continued interest in their operations, due to rising costs of feed. Pasture conditions vary in different regions and although there is the opportunity to extend the grazing season, some producers do not have the land base, the climate or the resources to change their production system. The price of corn has continued to increase with a September price at $17/bushel at the farm (it is now higher than the price of soybean in June 2010) along with soybeans, at $29.50/bushel, with soybean meal exceeding $1,300 per ton. For more details, please go to:

feed_prices_09_08_12.shtml

The Latest Feed Prices

Added August 6, 2012. Compared to last month, national organic grain and feedstuffs were mixed, with light to moderate demand and light offerings. Corn averaged a slightly lower price, while beans averaged a higher price. Much of the corn movement this period was comprised of partial loads, as the supplies in most areas are very sparse. Drought concerns have halted new crop contracting for some farmers, who are reportedly waiting to see what their harvest will look like this fall before taking further steps to market new crop grain. Learn more >

Feed Update

Added July 16, 2012. The current feed situation can be summed up best with a quote from Mary-Howell Martens of Lakeview Organic on the Odairy listserve, "between the armyworm and the intense drought here in New York, crops are really not looking good and pastures are terrible ……. Heads up folks – if you think the organic grain price is bad now, I'm really afraid you ain't seen nothing yet. And there isn't going to be much hay either."

For those producers who can find and afford to buy grain, corn prices are at an all-time high since data was collected in 2008, at $15.86/bushel in the Midwest. Soybeans are higher than 2008 levels at $28/bushel with soybean meal at $1,250/ton. With uncertainty on crop yield, how much acreage has returned to non-organic production and the effect of weather and insect damage on pasture, there is no ability to predict fall prices, even with some imports and 'green' protein available. For more details on Feed prices please go to:

http://www.nodpa.com/feed_prices_07_16_12.shtml

The Latest Feed Prices

Added June 4, 2012. National organic grain and feedstuffs are trading slightly higher than May with a firm undertone noted on corn and soybeans. For details, click here >

No light at the end of the tunnel
on feed costs and pay-price

Added May 8, 2012. Horizon Organic announced at the end of April that their MAP will be maintained at $3 or $3.50 /cwt (depending on geographic location) until the end of September 2012. Organic Valley pay price continues to be the highest of the national brands but some of the regional processors are currently paying more. The costs of  inputs have remained high, and farmers are struggling to break even. Producers across the country are still requesting another $3 per cwt to reach a breakeven point for 2012 based on sound economic analysis from independent sources using data from farmers in all area of the US. For more information please click here:

http://www.nodpa.com/payprice_update_05082012.shtml

The costs of feed continue to remain high with soy starting to climb rapidly. Some of the feed dealers are importing corn and soy or mixing pelleted feed with “green protein” (alfalfa) to lower costs. For more information ple3ase click here:

http://www.nodpa.com/feed_prices_05_08_12.shtml

Feed Price Update

Added April 2, 2012. Organic dairy farmers are still suffering with ever higher corn and soybean prices and, at least in the northeast, there is so sign of any useful pasture. Future prices for corn and soybeans hold little hope for a drop in price. For more details please click here.

Feed price update

Added March 9, 2012. Trading in national organic grain and feedstuffs are mixed, with very good demand reported for alternative feed grade grains and moderate demand for all other grains. Offerings of grain were moderate for all types, with the exception of domestic soybeans, for which offerings were light. Click here to learn more about current feed and grain prices.

Feed Price Updates

Added January 18, 2012. Organic grain and feed price remains high with no significant changes in price since November 2011. Current market price for organic dry shelled corn is between $500-525 / ton and organic raw soybeans are between $21-23/bushel. Second cut hay is selling for around $200-250 /ton and high quality alfalfa hay at $450/ton at the farm. For more on Organic Feed price please click here >

Feed Price updates
Added November 14, 2011. The most recent data and conclusions from USDA, AMS, Livestock & Grain Market News are no different from anecdotal reports from producers across the country. Feed and forage prices remain high and availability is an increasing problem.  With the harvest under way, reports on the weight and quality of corn and soybeans vary from state to state, although yields appear to be below average. The factor causing concern is not only the projected price for corn delivered in February, (12.50 per bushel plus transport ($400+/ ton)) but the availability for those that have limited storage capacity or a lack of credit to purchase feed now. Learn more >

Feed Price Updates
Added October 11, 2011. Corn prices are double 2010 levels, matching the highs of 2008. Supply is very tight; some producers are reporting they can’t find any corn, even at $15-16 per bushel. The futures market for conventional corn is fluctuating with every rumor and projection on harvest and the USDA reports that more corn is now being used for Ethanol than for human and livestock feed.
Learn MORE >

Feed Price Updates

Added September 11, 2011. Corn prices are exceeding 2008 levels and supply is increasingly tight as the non-organic price competes directly with organic. In many cases availability is more critical than price and producers need to be looking for alternatives to feeding grain in the form of season extenders as the quality of pelleted feed will vary as mills look for alternatives to the higher priced corn. The increase in price of small grains has varied and the price for soybeans has remained relatively stable because many food grade soybeans have been sold on the feed market due to lagging food grade demand. According to the recent crop production report, corn production is up four percent from 2010, soybeans are down eight percent from 2010, while wheat is down one percent from July's projections. Some organic grain farms are reportedly transitioning to non-GMO crops to increase yields and meet the overseas needs of consumers who now purchase more non-GMO than organic, due to the state of the global economy. This unpredictable situation may be aggravated by the recent de-certification of a large organic supplier in Canada and increased demand from large poultry operations.

Learn MORE >

The Latest Feed Prices
Added August 4, 2011. 15 dollar/bushel corn and none available? What is the fall going to bring as the commodity price starts to hit the price per ton for pelleted feed? What effect will the weather have on yields, harvesting and availability and what will quality of the product be for livestock feed? Our regular update using USDA AMS data which reflects the commodity market rather than individual contracts is available by clicking here >

Feed Price Update
Added July 18, 2011. Corn prices are rising to 2008 levels and supply is increasingly tight as the non-organic price competes directly with organic. For more details click here.

Feed price and retail demand both rising for organic dairy

Added May 16, 2011. Last year retail sales of organic fluid milk were stagnant, producers were being paid on utilization and feed prices were the lowest of many years. In 2011 the retail market has rebounded more quickly than expected, confounding economist expectations that consumers are only price sensitive in economically difficult times. Consumers are making choices based on organic practices and we have 20% growth in sales year over year and over 95% utilization of organic milk across the country. We also have a conventional grain market heavily influenced by the world climate disasters and the subsidy for ethanol, which has double the price of conventional corn and soybeans, making any response to the need for increased supply of organic feed expensive for producers. For more detailed information please go to:

Pay Price: http://www.nodpa.com/payprice_update_051611.shtml

Feed Price: http://www.nodpa.com/feed_prices_051611.shtml

Feed Prices, March 2011
ADDED MARCH 14, 2011.
Price trends and availability as of March 2011. MORE >

Feed Price Updates
Added January 18, 2011. The organic grain market has been very stable compared to non-organic with a limited response to the increase in prices of non-organic corn and soybean ... MORE >

Grain Price Update
Added September 6, 2010. The latest prices for organic corn and soybeans, plus spreads between eastern and midwest prices, and price trends over time. MORE >

FEED PRICE UPDATE!
Added July 17, 2010. Get the latest East and Midwest feed prices, along with charts showing multi-year price trends. Click here for more.

Feed price update
Added May 17, 2010. Producers report that their grain bins are full due to an excess of corn and wheat in the market, organic grain prices have again declined this period with end users unwilling to buy ahead with the potential of lower prices as this year’s planting continues at full speed. Non organic corn price at $3.57/bushel, organic at $4.48/bushel ...
Read more >

Grain Price Updates
Added April 2, 2010. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years.
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Grain Price Updates
Added March 8, 2010. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years. MORE >

Grain Price Updates
Added February 1, 2010. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years.
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Organic Feed Summary

Added January 11, 2010. The weather has had a considerable effect on the harvesting as the Midwest has been subjected to wet weather followed by heavy snow storms. With prices at their lowest point in the last two years and very little grain and feedstuff being traded on the organic market, producers are waiting to see what the New Year brings. Wheat trade is at a near standstill and there are confirmed cases of wheat affected with vomitoxin and sprouting in the eastern states. Corn has had some low test weights as the harvest has progressed. MORE DETAILS

GRAIN MARKET UPDATE
Added December 3, 2009. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years.
MORE >

GRAIN MARKET UPDATE
Added September 14, 2009. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years.
MORE >

GRAIN MARKET UPDATE
Added August 1, 2009. The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years. MORE >

GRAIN MARKET UPDATE
Added July 1, 2009
The latest corn and soybean prices, and grain price trends over the past four years. MORE >

Grain Market Update
Added March 31, 2009. Compared to two weeks ago, organic grain and feedstuff prices were steady on light demand and moderate offerings with trade at a near standstill. MORE >

Grain Market Update
Added March 9, 2009. With spring approaching and a very soft conventional market, producers are selling their inventory at the lowest prices of the year. Learn more.

Organic Feed Update
Added January 11, 2009. Trade in organic grain leading up to the holidays was slow with prices running about the same as January 2008 and roughly double that of conventional grain. With corn between $9-9.50 a bushel on the farm there are many rumors of a surplus of corn being held back from trading but nothing has shown in the marketplace and the price for16 and 18% prepared feed has not come down. For more prices, click here.

Feed Price Dropping Slowly
Added December 1, 2008. With only about 80% of corn harvest complete, prices are steadying at November 2007 prices, averaging around $9 per bushel. There are reports of producers not selling or “hording” grain to see which way the economy is headed and what the final harvest volume will be. Availability and quality is always an issue. Check out the latest feed prices >

Organic Grain Update
Added November 8, 2008. The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released a new publication, Using Vertically Coordinated Relationships to Overcome Tight Supply in the Organic Market. Here is a link to that outlook report: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/VGS/2008/10Oct/VGS32901/

For updated pricing for organic feed on the NODPA web site,
CLICK HERE.

The Latest East & Midwest Organic Grain & Hay Prices
Added September 14, 2008. The wheat market is seeing a bit of weakening as many users are quickly filling their needs after a good harvest. No new crop soybean contracts were reported as producers are still in a wait and see mode, especially with the cooler, wet weather. Some big volumes of new crop corn contracts are being sold from $10.00 per bushel to $10.75 per bushel. There just seems to be a lot of uncertainty in that market. Read more, including graphs of price for soybeans and corn for 2008 ….

The Latest East & Midwest Organic Grain & Hay Prices
Added September 5, 2008. Flood, drought, hurricane, ethanol, high world prices – any wonder it’s difficult to keep up with how much your winter feed will cost. At NODPA we at least try to keep you informed. Click here for more.

The Latest East & Midwest
Organic Grain & Hay Prices

Added August 3, 2008. Organic grain farmers are talking, but there's not much action yet: They are assessing the market but most don’t want to do anything yet as they are waiting to see what the crop will bring. There was some trading in new crop corn sales and some new crop spring wheat and hard red winter wheat sales, but no drop in prices. Availability will be the next big question. MORE >

The Latest East & Midwest Grain & Hay Prices
Added July 5, 2008. Analysis, data and some advice from Iowa State University on replanting after the flood, plus the latest numbers on East and Midwest grain and hay prices, and a chart showing cost changes over time. MORE >

The Price of Feed
June 20, 2008: Analysis--Grains and oilseeds lower on profit taking and outside markets. Plus the latest numbers on East and Midwest grain and hay prices, and a chart showing cost changes over time. MORE >

The Price of Feed
June 6, 2008: The latest numbers on East and Midwest grain and hay prices, plus a charting of cost changes over time. MORE >

The Price of Feed
Added May 21, 2008. The latest organic grain and hay prices in the East and Midwest, plus a pay price/retail price comparison chart for organic milk. MORE >

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