MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's milk production continues to lag compared to last year's output, but that's partly because 2010 was an exceptionally productive year.
Wisconsin produced 2.21 billion pounds of milk last month. That's down 2 percent from the same month last year, and the third straight month there was a year-over-year decrease.
But April through June of last year were among the most productive months in state history. So even though the recent levels of production are down from last year, industry experts aren't concerned. They say the state is simply returning to its more traditional levels.
Once again, Wisconsin was solidly in second place in U.S. milk production. California remained the nation's leader by producing 3.5 billion pounds, a 3 percent increase. Idaho was a distant third with 1.1 billion pounds.