USDA: Egg production and milk prices up in New York State

NEW YORK STATE - Egg Production on New York State Farms was up 8 percent in January from what it was last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA also says the prices received by NY producers for milk sold during February were up from a month earlier.

Egg production on New York farms totaled 106 million eggs in January, up 8 percent from last year, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.29 million, increased 9 percent from January 2010 and the rate of lay was 2,471 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from last year.

United States egg production totaled 7.83 billion during January 2011, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.75 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 70 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2011 averaged 342 million, up slightly from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,289 eggs, up 1 percent from January 2010.

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2011 totaled 41.4 million, up 7 percent from January 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on February 1, 2011, up 1 percent from a year ago.

Whitestone also said that the prices received by New York producers for milk sold during February were up from a month earlier. The price of corn, hay, and apples increased also.

The price of potatoes decreased. Many previous month prices were revised due to more complete sales information.

Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $18.50 per hundredweight of milk sold during February, up 70 cents from January and $1.70 more than February a year ago.
Grain corn, at $6.34 per bushel, was 75 cents higher than January and increased $2.56 from last year. Hay averaged $112 per ton, up $3 from January and $7 above prices received last year. Potatoes averaged $13.50 per hundredweight, 20 cents below January but $1.20 higher than February 2010. Apples, at 24.7 cents per pound, were 0.9 cents above January and 4.8 cents higher than last year.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in February, at 168 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, increased 4 points (2.4 percent) from January. The Crop Index is up 12 points (6.5 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 4 points (2.9 percent). Producers received higher prices for corn, wheat, lettuce, and milk and lower prices for strawberries, cattle, broilers, and broccoli.

According to the USDA, in addition to prices, the overall index is also affected by the seasonal change based on a 3-year average mix of commodities producers sell. Increased monthly marketings of milk, cattle, broilers, and hogs offset decreased marketings of corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton.

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