November Agricultural Prices Received
Released: November 30, 2009
For more information contact: Carmen Pennington at 1-800-835-2612.
 
October full month crop prices were mostly lower when compared with September 2009,. The price for Montana's winter wheat, at $4.46 per bushel, was down $0.35, durum wheat was down $0.25, at $5.18 per bushel, but spring wheat increased $0.26 to $5.54 per bushel. All barley, at $4.82 per bushel, was down $0.40, feed barley was up $0.96, to $2.77 per bushel, but malt barley decreased $0.33 to $4.97 per bushel.

The mid-November price for alfalfa hay was down $3.00 from October to $93.00 per ton, but all other hay increased $5.00 from October to $94.00 per ton. The preliminary November grain prices were mostly higher than the previous month with winter wheat at $4.37 per bushel, spring wheat was $5.65 per bushel, durum wheat was $4.60 per bushel, all barley was $5.08 per bushel, feed barley was $2.80 per bushel, and malt barley was $5.25 per bushel.

Livestock prices for the full month of October were mixed when compared with last month. Steer and heifers increased $6.30 from September 2009 to $97.00 per cwt. Cows dropped $2.40 from last month to $40.60 per cwt. Beef cattle were $4.30 higher than last month at $84.00 per cwt. The price for calves was unchanged from a month ago at $107.00 per cwt. Sheep prices increased $2.30 from last month to $29.90 per cwt. Lamb prices dropped $5.50 from September to $96.50 per cwt. The all milk price was $1.30 above a month ago at $14.60 per cwt.

The mid-November livestock prices were mixed when compared to last month. Steer and heifers were $97.50 per cwt, cows were $37.90 per cwt, beef cattle were $77.80 per cwt, and calves were $108.00 per cwt. The all milk price was $13.80 per cwt.

Nationally, October prices and changes from September 2009 were as follows: winter wheat was $4.26 per bushel, up $0.06, spring wheat was $4.99 per bushel, up $0.14, durum wheat was $4.97 per bushel, up $0.04, all barley was $4.35 per bushel, down $0.43, feed barley was $2.33 per bushel, up $0.19, malt barley was $4.94 per bushel, down $0.38, oats were $2.03 per bushel, up $0.22, steers and heifers were $84.40 per cwt, down $1.10, cows were $43.60 per cwt, down $0.80, calves were $104.00 per cwt, down $3.00, sheep were $30.00, up $0.40, lambs were $97.00 per cwt, down $1.40 and all milk was $14.20 per cwt, up $1.30.

The U.S. mid-November prices were mixed when compared with October. Winter wheat was $4.50 per bushel, spring wheat was $5.22 per bushel, durum wheat was $4.47 per bushel, oats were $2.00 per bushel, malt barley was $4.64 per bushel, and feed barley was $2.35 per bushel. The alfalfa hay price was $110.00 per ton and all other hay was $99.10 per ton. Steers and heifers prices were $85.60 per cwt, cows were $42.00 per cwt, beef cattle were $79.80 per cwt, calves were $105.00 per cwt, and all milk was $15.00 per cwt.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in November, at 134 percent, based on 1990-92=100, was unchanged from October. The Crop Index is down 1 point (0.7 percent) but the Livestock Index increased 4 points (3.6 percent). Producers received higher prices for lettuce, eggs, milk, and tomatoes and lower prices for apples, broccoli, strawberries, and grapes. 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, cotton, cattle, and oranges offset decreased marketings of soybeans, potatoes, peanuts, and lettuce.
 
Montana Average Prices Received

BASE MONTH:
October 2009
U
N
I
T
    Monthly Average Change From Mid-Month Avg.
MONTANA U.S. Prev Mo Prev Yr Montana U.S.
Oct
2008
Sept
2009
Oct
2009
Oct
2009
Sept
2009
Oct
2008
Nov 15
2009
Nov 15
2009
Winter Wheat
Durum Wheat
Spring Wheat
Wheat, All
Barley
Feed Barley
Malt Barley
Oats 1/
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
Bu.
6.70
11.80
7.28
7.30
6.25
3.67
6.31
N/A
4.81
5.43
5.28
5.04
5.22
1.81
5.30
2.70
4.46
5.18
5.54
4.96
4.82
2.77
4.97
2.62
4.26
4.97
4.99
4.47
4.35
2.33
4.94
2.03
-0.35
-0.25
+0.26
-0.08
-0.40
+0.96
-0.33
-0.08
-2.24
-6.62
-1.74
-2.34
-1.43
-0.90
-1.34
N/A
4.37
4.60
5.65
4.93
5.08
2.80
5.25
N/A
4.50
4.47
5.22
4.79
4.10
2.35
4.64
2.00
Alfalfa Hay
All Other Hay
All Hay Baled
Ton
Ton
Ton
115.00
106.00
113.00
99.00
91.00
98.00
96.00
89.00
95.00
109.00
98.50
106.00
-3.00
-2.00
-3.00
-19.00
-17.00
-18.00
93.00
94.00
93.00
110.00
99.10
107.00
Steer & Heifers
Cows
Beef Cattle 2/
Calves
Sheep 3/
Lambs 3/
All Milk
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
103.00
45.50
89.20
109.00
12.20
95.10
18.40
90.70
43.00
79.70
107.00
27.60
102.00
13.30
97.00
40.60
84.00
107.00
29.90
96.50
14.60
84.40
43.60
79.20
104.00
30.00
97.00
14.20
+6.30
-2.40
+4.30
0.00
+2.30
-5.50
+1.30
-6.00
-4.90
-5.20
-2.00
+17.70
+1.40
-3.80
97.50
37.90
77.80
108.00
N/A
N/A
13.80
85.60
42.00
79.80
105.00
N/A
N/A
15.00
1/ Insufficient sales to establish a price. 2/ Composite of steers, heifers, and cows. 3/ Mid-month prices for sheep and lambs discontinued January 1996.
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