Egg prices have began their regular spring improve that peaks round Easter, in keeping with a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service skilled.
Craig Coufal, AgriLife Extension poultry specialist, Bryan-School Station, mentioned the annual value spike is expounded to higher-than-normal demand as folks put together conventional recipes and dye eggs for Easter egg hunts.
“Prices are going up a little, but it’s just that part of the season,” he mentioned.
The March report by Egg Trade Heart at the College of Iowa confirmed retail prices for January 2021 have been comparatively the identical as a yr in the past, round $1.46 per dozen. Throughout 2020, prices went down throughout February earlier than rising to $1.52 per dozen in March and peaking at $2.02 in April.
Coufal expects the same development and for prices to fall some after the vacation.
Egg producers are experiencing a distinct story than shoppers attributable to rising feed prices, he mentioned.
Prices for soybeans and corn have risen dramatically over latest months, which elevated the value of egg manufacturing. The fee to supply a dozen eggs usually averages round 60 cents per dozen however feed prices have pushed that quantity previous 70 cents per dozen.
Coufal mentioned the value of egg manufacturing briefly surpassed the estimated farm worth in December, which is the money value farmers are paid. For a short while, farmers have been dropping 13 cents per dozen.
“That happens sometimes in egg production, but they have to get the eggs to market because they have a shelf life,” he mentioned. “Producers should make up for those losses as egg prices rise heading into Easter, but when you start adding up 13 cents times thousands of dozens, it can be tough.”
Egg manufacturing again to regular
Customers ought to anticipate to see a gradual provide of eggs this spring. Latest appearances of egg shortages have been associated to momentary provide and demand imbalances, Coufal mentioned.
Egg-laying hen populations are regular and that any latest egg shortages have been pushed by logistical disruptions or panic shopping for, he mentioned. Non permanent shortages such as panic shopping for in March 2020 amid COVID-19 uncertainty and up to date delays of shifting eggs from farms to grocery shops throughout Winter Storm Uri have been solely momentary.
“There have been no disease outbreaks, no hatching problems and no shortage of hens,” Coufal mentioned. “Chickens only lay one egg per day, and so if normalcy is disrupted and demand doubles overnight it can appear that there’s an issue.”
The inflow of yard birds bought for at-home egg manufacturing received’t issue into provide and demand this yr both, Coufal mentioned. The variety of yard producers impacts a miniscule piece of the egg market. Additionally, at-home producers usually purchase heritage breeds that produce a decrease quantity of eggs in comparison with business breeds.
“There are roughly 320 million commercial laying hens in the U.S., and it would take millions of backyard chickens to impact the egg market,” he mentioned. “They just don’t have the production rate, and they really can’t compete on price, so they’re still a niche market.”
Coufal provided a tip for folks trying to dye eggs for conventional Easter egg hunts – purchase smaller eggs.
“Smaller eggs are from younger chickens,” he mentioned. “Dye absorbs to the natural cuticle of an egg, and younger chickens put a better cuticle on the outside of their eggs.”
AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled the following summaries:
Soil moisture situations have been deteriorating considerably following one other usually dry and really windy week. Solely hint rainfall quantities have been obtained. Hotter temperatures have been in the forecast. Winter wheat was creating nicely; some fields reached the flag leaf stage. Preemergent herbicide functions continued for wheat. Early planted wheat fields have been anticipated to begin heading quickly. Oat fields have been recovering considerably from the freeze, however stand losses have been evident. Corn planting was largely full, and planted acres have been up. Nights have been cool, preserving growers from stepping into sorghum planting. Sorghum seed gross sales have been up, and expectations have been for extra planted acres than final yr. There was some urgency amongst producers to have all sorghum plantings accomplished earlier than month’s finish to keep away from insect pest issues later throughout the yr. Cotton acres might decline regardless of prices being up. Pastures have been greening up, and winter forages put on extra progress. Livestock have been in wonderful form.
Some areas obtained mild rain. Soil moisture ranges have been drying every day, moisture was wanted. Winter wheat appeared higher after a rain, however progress levels have been nonetheless not on time. Some stocker cattle have been moved off wheat pastures.
Climate was gentle with mild showers to some areas, and soil moisture was declining. Precipitation was wanted. Most corn and grain sorghum fields have been planted and emerged with good trying stands. Some cotton was rising, and plantings continued. Some cotton was dry planted. Rice planting continued. Weeds have been sprayed by some producers. Fertilizer was utilized on hay fields. Rangeland and pasture situations have been bettering with sunshine and hotter days, however rain was wanted to maintain situations bettering. Supplemental feeding for cattle continued. Livestock have been in good situation with market prices regular. Spring vegetable gardens have been being planted. Many native owners have been calling about suggestions to save lots of their citrus bushes after the winter storm. Oak bushes have been shedding leaves and blooming. Huisache bushes have been nonetheless in shock from the arduous freeze.
Hotter temperatures and up to date rainfall helped inexperienced up pastures. Many producers have been capable of cut back feeding hay or cease altogether. Vegetable crops appeared good. Marion County reported owners have been starting to plant gardens. Pasture and rangeland situations have been truthful to good. Subsoil and topsoil situations have been ample. Livestock have been in truthful to good situation. Buffalo gnat and horn fly numbers elevated. Feral hogs continued to be an issue in most areas. Sabine County reported feral hog sightings and indicators diminished considerably.
Some rain was obtained, however subsoil and topsoil moisture ranges remained poor to truthful from lack of moisture and excessive winds. Producers continued to irrigate and put together fields for planting. Cattle have been in good situation.
Topsoil moisture ranges have been quick to ample, and subsoil ranges have been ample to very quick. Pasture and rangeland situations have been very poor to truthful. Winter wheat was in poor to good situation, and oats have been truthful. Snowfall was obtained and was useful to small grains, cowl crops and pastures. Cattle have been nonetheless receiving supplemental feed on rangeland however green-up was approaching.
Topsoil moisture ranged from quick to ample. Temperatures have been cooler. Counties reported hint quantity to half an inch of rain. Ryegrass pastures sprang to life. Bermuda and Bahia grasses began to emerge from dormancy. Winter wheat appeared wonderful. Corn planting began. Producers in some areas have been unable to plant attributable to wetter soil moisture situations. Livestock have been in good situation. Spring-born calves have been doing nicely. Hay supplementation continued however was slowing down attributable to forage progress. Pasture situations have been greening up.
Temperature variances have been excessive with nights and mornings low in the mid-30s to low 40s and daytime highs starting from the excessive 50s to mid-80s. Situations have been extraordinarily dry, with no true precipitation reported. Excessive winds depleted topsoil moisture significantly. Producers labored repeatedly to plow to maintain fields from blowing. Wind gusts as excessive as 50 mph created mud storms with low visibility for lengthy durations of time. A number of roads have been closed attributable to low visibility. Phone poles, barns and sheds have been blown down by excessive winds. Winter wheat, oat, pasture and rangeland situations continued to worsen. Beef cattle have been nonetheless in total good situation. Irrigated wheat made progress and some fields reached the joint stage. Dryland wheat was nonetheless a great distance away from jointing and should not have sufficient time to make a crop. Some fields have been terminated to save lots of moisture for an upcoming cotton crop. Many cotton producers with out cowl crops have been sand combating. Some producers turned on drip irrigation for cotton planting. Just a few corn fields have been planted. Fields have been being ready for sorghum and watermelons. Pastures remained very dry with virtually nothing to graze, and producers continued to complement feed for livestock and wildlife. Lambing and kidding continued.
Climate situations have been comparatively heat and dry following scattered rain showers early in the week. Rangeland and pasture situations improved as spring green-up started. Winter wheat was in largely truthful to good situation and exhibiting enchancment. Fieldwork, together with preparation for hay and sorghum crops, was underway. Cattle markets have been regular on stocker and feeder heifers and steers. Supplemental feedings for livestock have been lowering slowly.
Rice planting began. Rain quantities have been as much as 1 / 4 inch, and fields continued to dry out. Some farmers with ready fields have been planting, however some farmers have been not on time attributable to moist subject situations. Pastures have been greening up, and most producers started to place out nitrogen. Pastures ought to start to take off properly following forecasted rains. Rangeland and pasture rankings have been truthful to very poor, with truthful rankings being the commonest. Soil moisture ranges ranged from ample to very quick with ample ranges being the commonest.
Moisture situations have been declining, and no rainfall was reported. Rangeland and pasture situations declined as nicely. Gillespie County reported corn and milo plantings have been in full swing. Guadalupe County reported corn planting was close to completion. Caldwell County reported cattle markets have been decrease whereas sheep and goat markets have been excessive. Spring lambing, kidding and calving continued. Livestock and wildlife situations have been truthful to good, and supplemental feeding continued.
Situations have been largely dry and windy. Soil moisture situations have been quick to very quick in most areas, and ample in just a few places, however all areas wanted rainfall. Gentle rainfall was reported in just a few areas. Corn and sorghum plantings have been underway and virtually full in some areas. Some corn and sorghum replanting continued. Forage grasses wanted rain. Strawberry harvest was slowly coming on after the freeze put it behind 4 to 5 weeks. Wheat and oats fields have been heading. Pastures and rangelands have been beginning to inexperienced up. Some pastures have been in very poor situation and posed fireplace hazard. Every day grass fires have been reported in some areas. All crops have been being irrigated attributable to the lack of rainfall, and supplemental feeding of livestock continued. Mesquite bushes and native black brush have been blooming. Landscaping that was trimmed again began to indicate new progress. Meals plots of oats have been seeding out and prepared for bailing. Producers deliberate fields for sunflowers and sorghum. Farmers continued to plant grain crops, however most cotton plantings have been quickly on maintain attributable to dry soil situations. Some producers have been planting cotton and sesame. Most planted fields have been rising nicely, however some further moisture might be essential to make a crop. Beef cattle situations have been declining the place grazing and hay was restricted. Producers continued to cull herds. Public sale barns reported some herd promote offs attributable to drought. Ranchers have been additionally offering water for cattle and wildlife. Hay prices have been from $65-$80 per spherical bale. Farmers have been planting greens and continued to make use of canal water to irrigate crop fields. Coastal Bermuda grass was already inexperienced and appeared good for hay manufacturing quickly. Sugarcane harvest continued, and citrus bushes have been being irrigated and fertilized. Some citrus bushes have been greening up, however a major proportion remained brown and certain useless. Watermelons and summer season vegetables and fruit have been inexperienced and rising underneath irrigation.