Monthly Archives: March 2016

Grains and Oilseeds Fall Ahead of USDA Reports

Cattle futures are continuing a week-long dip, pressured by weakness across the commodity markets and fears about softening demand. April live-cattle futures slid 210 to $132, Cattle for June fell 232 to $123, Feeder-cattle futures for April declined 345 to

SE Cash Cotton Holding Steady

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were mostly heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,989,000 head compared to 2,917,000 head last

2015 Agriculture Challenges Spilling into 2016

  South Carolina’s farmers who lost $375 million worth of crops during last fall’s historic floods are facing new challenges in replanting. Clemson University Cooperative Extension agent David DeWitt says farm budgets will be tight but farmers need to resist

Eastern Forage Tour scheduled for mid-April

  Managed forage production and tours are pretty common in the central and western part of North Carolina, but not so much in the eastern part of the state.  Andy Burlingham with Pitt County Cooperative Extension is hosting an eastern

Fewer Hogs and Higher Prices

The latest Hogs and Pigs report is good news for pork producers. The report shows fewer hogs are being raised in the United States and that, in turn, should boost prices. Pork producers say they’ll reduce the size of their breeding

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – ”Foreign Investment in the U.S.”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at foreign investment in the U.S. Mike, slowly happening under the radar to many, direct foreign investment in the U.S. has been surging.  We’re

Soybean Futures Reach 7-Month High

Cattle futures trimmed losses into the close Tuesday, pressured by worries about slack demand for beef at historically high prices. April live-cattle futures fell 25 to $134, Cattle for June were flat with the prior session’s close at $125, and

NC Cash Eggs Plummet in Post Easter Sales

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Monday in Canton, Siler City, and Turnersburg a total of 1,219 cattle and 22 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows were unevenly steady; while bulls were mixed, 1.00 higher to 7.00 lower.  Feeder cattle were

NC State Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “The Age and Quality of Infrastructure”

  Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at the age and quality of our infrastructure.   Mike, we rely on infrastructure like roads, sewers, water treatment plants, and the power

Some Topsoil Moisture Rated at Very Short in North Carolina

  The monthly crop progress report released by USDA earlier this week for conditions through Sunday, March 27th shows that topsoil moisture is 10% short, 71% adequate, and 19% surplus across North Carolina.  The state’s wheat crop is reported at