Dairy farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota have moderate monthDairy production in Wisconsin and Minnesota continues to outpace last year's harvest, but the rate of increase is slowing.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dairy production in Wisconsin and Minnesota continues to outpace last year's harvest, but the rate of increase is slowing.
Dairy farmers in both states have been outperforming 2009 harvests by 2-3 percent. Last month, however, the improvement was 1-2 percent.
Wisconsin remains the nation's second-leading milk producer. The state produced 2.3 billion pounds of milk in July. That was up 2 percent from July of last year.
Minnesota dairy farmers harvested 794 million pounds, a 1 percent increase.
Total production nationwide rose 3 percent for the 23 major milk-producing states. That translates to a total yield of 15.3 billion pounds.
California remains the nation's leader in milk production. Dairy farmers there produced 3.4 billion pounds of milk last month.