Chicken Processors Work Sunday in Anticipation of Hurricane Irma

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 323 cattle and no goats were sold. Compared to last week, slaughter cattle were mostly steady.  Feeder steers and bulls were $2.00 to $9.00 higher, heifers were unevenly steady.

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday, Saturday and Sunday in North Carolina is 4,202,000 head compared to 4,153,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is higher on all sizes.  Supplies are moderate to light.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 129.63, Large 119.76, Medium 94.69, and Small 69.00.

All western North Carolina fruit and vegetable harvest has been curtailed due to rain and wet fields.

Bell Type Peppers:  demand moderate.  Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large 8.00-9.35.

Squash: supply Yellow varieties light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 12.00-16.00, medium 10.00-14.00; small Yellow Straightneck 14.00-14.35, medium 12.00-12.35; 3/4 bushel cartons small Yellow Crookneck 20.00-20.35, medium 14.35-15.00.

Tomatoes:  supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo &  extra large 11.95-15.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.    Flats 12 1-pint containers 12.95-13.95, 20 pound cartons loose 22.95-25.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes:  supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Wide price range.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large & large 9.95-15.95, medium 13.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 75.59 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 73.35 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 1 cent higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.76-$4.31 at feed mills and $3.56-$4.06 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 4 to 7 cents lower; prices were $9.92 at the processors and $9.12-$9.47 at the elevators; new crop $9.22-$9.62.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 1 cent higher, prices were $3.76-$3.91 at the feed mills and $3.66-$3.78 at the elevators; new crop $4.49-$4.69.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $332.40 per ton for 48% protein.

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.