ALBANY Prices received by New York producers for milk sold during June were down from a month earlier, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. The price of corn decreased also. The price of hay and apples increased. Many previous month prices were revised due to more complete sales information.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $16.80 per hundredweight of milk sold during June, down 50 cents from May and $5.60 less than June 2011.
Grain corn, at $6.32 per bushel, was down 9 cents from May and 71 cents below June 2011 prices. Hay averaged $124 per ton, up $8 from last month but down $22 from June 2011. Apples, at $32.30 per cwt., were up $4.20 from last month and $4.50 higher than prices received a year ago.
The preliminary All Farm Products Index of Prices Received by Farmers in June, at 181 percent, based on 1990-1992=100, increased 3 points (1.7 percent) from May. The Crop Index is up 2 points (1.0 percent) and the Livestock Index increased 1 point (0.7 percent). Producers received higher prices for hogs, oranges, eggs, and broccoli and lower prices for hay, corn, soybeans, and broilers. 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 movement of wheat and hay offset the decreased marketing of oranges, corn, cattle, and strawberries.
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