Today’s quick hits, Nov. 7, 2023

The butterfat boom: The increased popularity among consumers of butter, cheese, and other full-fat dairy products is expected to grow for the foreseeable future and is encouraging dairy farmers to produce milk containing more butterfat. (CoBank)

‘Four corners’ for farm bill extension: With House Agriculture chairman Glenn Thompson calling for the extension of current law through next Sept. 30, the four leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture committees are unanimous that the new farm bill will be completed in the new year. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Strong winter wheat ratings: Half of U.S. winter wheat is in good or excellent condition, the best ratings for the crop at this time of the year since 2019, although only 31 percent of the wheat in top-producer Kansas rated as good or excellent. (USDA)

That ain’t hay: In terms of calories produced, the top crop in California is hay — livestock forage — at 12 trillion calories in 2019, more than the combined calories of the next two crops, rice and almonds, which are more palatable to humans. (Ag Data News)