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The fluid milk firestorm drags on dairy demand

Published by Hoard's Dairyman in December 2018

Over the last year, a great deal of discussion has surrounded the identity of milk and what products can bear the actual name “milk.” For those of us in the dairy community, it is a pretty simple conversation. If it doesn’t lactate, then it can’t produce milk.

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Why trade news is significant and how it affects dairy markets

Published by Progressive Dairyman on May 4, 2018

The grain market began the month of April by processing the March 28 USDA Prospective Plantings and Quarterly Stocks reports. The reports caught many off-guard. Cumulatively, corn and soybean acres were estimated at 177 million acres, 3 million acres fewer than the 2017 season.

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May WASDE Preview: Room For Movement In Markets

Published by AgWeb on May 3, 2018

As farmers plant a new crop, demand is a concern. The next World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) will be released on May 10, and farmers and traders are waiting for the report that will give the first glimpse of the 2018/19 balance sheet, according to Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group.

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What Happens If We Don’t See A Weather Scare?

Published by AgWeb on May 2, 2018

According to Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group, favorable weather conditions could add an additional 400 to 500 million bushels of corn. “USDA changes up their acreage in June,” he told U.S. Farm Report host Tyne Morgan. “This could swing 800 [million] to 1 billion bushels really easily.”

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It’s Too Soon To Take Weather Off The Table

Published by AgWeb on May 1, 2018

“There’s lots of things that the market still is very hesitant to move on until it has absolute and concrete data,” said Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group.

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Is That a Light?

Published by AgWeb on April 24, 2018

Mike North, president of Commodity Risk Management Group, says it could be worse given the normal spring flush. “The fact that with as many cows as we have, as big of inventories as we have, and as much milk as we have coming at us right now, the fact that we've been able to sustain you know $14 and near $15 prices for this time of the year is actually something that makes me happy.”

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Apply analyst information to your situation before making marketing decisions

Published in Farm Journal in January, 2018

Now that the New Year has arrived, analysts are bound to come out of the woodwork to offer their opinions on what will happen to commodity prices in 2018. With so many opinions to choose from, which analyst should you heed? None of them, says Mike North of Platteville, Wis.-based Commodity Risk Management Group.

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Watch out for the train

Published in Progressive Dairyman on January 1, 2018

If you like old Westerns, then you are familiar with the popular scene where the heroine of the story is tied to the railroad tracks as a speeding locomotive races towards her peril. That scene aptly describes the scenario lingering in the dairy community. Many producers can identify with that seemingly helpless woman: No matter how hard they try, they are tied to a market that seems to leave them bound to the very same spot.

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U.S. dairy market at a crossroads

Published in Progressive Dairyman on August 7, 2017

The first quarter of 2017 could have been well described by Shakespeare when he penned the famous comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Prices raced higher into the opening days of the year, with thoughts of a production meltdown beginning to unfold in Europe and Oceania amid a growing movement to secure fat. As both production concerns faded and domestic inventories strengthened, prices fell away from February highs to test fall lows.

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