Minnesota reversed a short-term slide in milk production last month by holding about even. Meanwhile, production in Wisconsin improved modestly. The latest statistics show that Wisconsin produced 2.2 billion pounds of milk in October, a 2% increase over October of last year. In Minnesota, dairy farmers harvested 732 million pounds in October. That’s about even with the state’s production a year ago, and an improvement over recent months in which declines ranged from 1% to 7%. Overall, milk production was up 2% nationwide to 15.2 billion pounds. California is still the national leader, producing 3.4 billion pounds in October. Wisconsin remains solidly in second place. The largest percentage gains in monthly production in October were in Texas and New Mexico.