October Agricultural Prices Received
Released:October 30, 2009
For more information contact: Carmen Pennington or Steve Anderson at 1-800-835-2612.
 
September full month crop prices were lower when compared to August 2009. Montana's winter wheat price was $4.81 per bushel, down $0.56 from August, spring wheat decreased $0.67 to $5.28 per bushel, and durum wheat was down $1.76 to $5.43 per bushel. Feed barley decreased $0.26 from August to $1.81 per bushel and malt barley was down $0.58 to $5.30 per bushel.
The mid-October price for alfalfa hay dropped $3.00 from September to $96.00 per ton and all other hay was down $2.00 to $89.00 per ton. The mid-October grain prices were mostly lower with winter wheat at $4.78 per bushel, spring wheat was $5.57 per bushel, durum wheat was $4.22 per bushel, feed barley was $1.79 per bushel, and malt barley was $4.57 per bushel.

Livestock prices for the full month of September were mostly lower when compared to August 2009. Steers and heifers decreased $0.50 to $90.70 per cwt, cows decreased $1.20 to $43.00 per cwt. The price for beef cattle was down $1.60 to $79.70 per cwt, and calves dropped $5.00 to $107.00 per cwt. Sheep prices were unchanged at $27.60 per cwt, but lambs increased $6.60 to $102.00 per cwt. The full month September milk price increased $0.50 per cwt from August to $13.30. Mid-October steers and heifers were $94.00 per cwt, cows were $42.20 per cwt, beef cattle were $85.20 per cwt, calves were $107.00 per cwt, and milk was $12.70 per cwt.

Nationally, prices for September and changes from August were as follows: winter wheat was $4.20 per bushel, down $0.47, spring wheat was $4.85 per bushel, down $0.67, durum wheat was $4.93 per bushel, down $0.97, feed barley was $2.14 per bushel, down $0.34, malt barley was $5.32 per bushel, down $0.26, oats were $1.81 per bushel, down $0.05, steers and heifers were $85.50 per cwt, up $0.40, cows were $44.40, down $1.30 per cwt, beef cattle were $80.60 per cwt, unchanged, calves were $107.00 per cwt, down $3.00, sheep were $29.60 per cwt, down $1.80, lambs were $98.40 per cwt, up $1.00, all milk was $12.90 per cwt, up $0.90.

The U.S. mid-October crops prices were as follows: winter wheat was $4.35 per bushel, spring wheat was $5.02 per bushel, durum wheat was $4.23 per bushel, feed barley was $1.96 per bushel, malt barley was $4.60 per bushel, oats were $1.80 per bushel, alfalfa hay was $109.00 per ton, and other hay was $98.50 per ton. The mid-October livestock prices were as follows: Steers and heifers were $84.00 per cwt, cows were $43.70 per cwt, beef cattle were $78.90 per cwt, calves were $103.00 per cwt, and all milk was $13.80 per cwt.

The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October, at 135 percent, based on 1990-92=100, increased 9 points (7.1 percent) from September. The Crop Index is up 11 points (7.7 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 1 point (0.9 percent). Producers received higher prices for lettuce, corn, milk, and broccoli and lower prices for broilers, cattle, snap beans, and cucumbers. 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 soybeans, corn, cotton, and cottonseed offset decreased marketings of milk, wheat, grapes, and sweet corn.
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MONTANA AVERAGE FARM PRICES RECEIVED

BASE MONTH:
September 2009
U
N
I
T
    Monthly Average Change From Mid-Month Avg.
MONTANA U.S. Prev Mo Prev Yr Montana U.S.
Sept
2008
Aug
2009
Sept
2009
Sept
2009
Aug
2009
Sept
2008
Oct 15
2009
Oct 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.
7.26
12.10
8.23
7.84
5.89
4.06
6.05
2.89
5.37
7.19
5.95
5.55
5.76
2.07
5.88
2.88
4.81
5.43
5.28
5.04
5.22
1.81
5.30
2.70
4.20
4.93
4.85
4.48
4.78
2.14
5.32
1.81
-0.56
-1.76
-0.67
-0.51
-0.54
-0.26
-0.58
-0.18
-2.45
-6.67
-2.95
-2.80
-0.67
-2.25
-0.75
-0.19
4.78
4.22
5.57
5.04
4.51
1.79
4.57
N/A
4.35
4.23
5.02
4.56
3.94
1.96
4.60
1.80
Alfalfa Hay
All Other Hay
All Hay Baled
Ton
Ton
Ton
127.00
108.00
125.00
94.00
106.00
97.00
99.00
91.00
98.00
110.00
100.00
107.00
+5.00
-15.00
+1.00
-28.00
-17.00
-27.00
96.00
89.00
95.00
109.00
98.50
106.00
Steer & Heifers
Cows
Beef Cattle 2/
Calves
Sheep 3/
Lambs 3/
All Milk
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
Cwt.
104.00
50.90
95.00
111.00
15.50
96.80
19.40
91.20
44.20
81.30
112.00
27.60
95.40
12.80
90.70
43.00
79.70
107.00
27.60
102.00
13.30
85.50
44.40
80.60
107.00
29.60
98.40
12.90
-0.50
-1.20
-1.60
-5.00
0.00
+6.60
+0.50
-13.30
-7.90
-15.30
-4.00
+12.10
+5.20
-6.10
94.00
42.20
85.20
107.00
N/A
N/A
12.70
84.00
43.70
78.90
103.00
N/A
N/A
13.80
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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