Crop prices jumped nearly 8 percent in October as rainy weather delayed harvests across the Midwest.

Farmers are still getting paid much less for their crops compared with a year ago, when global food shortages pushed grain prices to record highs. But the farm prices of corn, wheat and milk jumped this month, according to a report Friday from the Agriculture Department.

Corn prices rose 29 cents to $3.54 a bushel, and wheat prices jumped 8 cents to $4.56 a bushel. Soybeans dropped a penny to $9.74 a bushel.

Wholesale milk prices jumped 7.1 percent in October to $1.19 per gallon. That's a big increase for dairy farmers who have struggled with low prices over the last year, but it's still down 22 percent from October 2008.

The USDA crop prices represent what farmers get paid on the wholesale level for their goods - not what consumers pay. There can be a long lag time between price increases at the farm level, and those a t the grocery store. Most retail food products don't become more expensive unless farm prices climb for months at a time.

Meat prices continued to fall, down 1 percent in October and 12 percent from last year. Meat producers have been dogged by weaker demand and overproduction which has kept prices low.

Hog prices fell less than a penny to $3.70 per pound, while the beef cattle price fell 17 cents to $7.89 a pound. Poultry prices fell 2 cents to 40 cents a pound.

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