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Published February 11, 2013, 11:06 AM

Average farm prices

The January index for all crops at 248, is up 9.7 percent from December and 17 percent above January 2012.

By: USDA,

WASHINGTON — The January index for all crops at 248, is up 9.7 percent from December and 17 percent above January 2012. Index increases for commercial vegetables, feed grains and hay more than offset the index decreases for fruits, nuts and oilseeds.

The January price for wheat, at $8.10 per bushel, is down 19 cents from December but $1.05 above January 2012.

The corn price, at $6.98 per bushel, is 11 cents higher than December and 91 cents above January 2012. The hay price, at $191 per ton, is down $1 from December but is $19 higher than last January. Sorghum grain, at $12.10 per hundredweight, is 10 cents lower than December, but $1.30 above January last year.

The soybean price, at $14.10 per bushel, is down 20 cents from December, but is $2.20 above January 2012. The potato price, at $7.33 per hundredweight, is 23 cents lower than December and down $1.90 from last January. The dry bean price, at $35.10 per hundredweight, is down $2.90 from the previous month and $7 less than last year.

Compared with a year ago, prices are higher for broilers, milk, cattle and eggs. The price for calves is unchanged. Prices for turkeys and hogs are down from last year. The January beef cattle price of $128 per hundredweight is $4 higher than December and up $3 from January 2012.

The January milk price of $20 per hundredweight is down 90 cents from December but $1 higher than January 2012.

The January market egg price, at 86.3 cents per dozen, is down 9.4 cents from December, but is 19.6 cents higher than January 2012. The January broiler price, at 63 cents per pound, is 5 cents higher than December and 14 cents above a year ago. The January turkey price, at 62.9 cents per pound, is down 4.5 cents from the previous month and 2.8 cents lower than a year earlier.

Since December, higher prices for nitrogen offset lower prices for mixed fertilizer, potash and phosphate.

Compared with December, prices for herbicides, insecticides and fungicides are lower. Compared with December, prices are lower for diesel and gasoline, but higher for LP gas. Compared with December, prices are higher for self-propelled machinery, but lower for tractors.

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