Effects of Irma Disrupts NC Fruit & Vegetable Harvest

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 1,092 cattle, 119 goats, and 24 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 4.00 higher; and slaughter bulls were 1.00 to 5.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly 1.00 to 5.00 lower; while feeder heifers were mostly 4.00 to 6.00 higher; and feeder bulls were mostly 3.00 to 9.00 higher.

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 desirable.  The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 2,911,000 head compared to 1,082,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, higher on the balance.  Supplies were moderate to light.  Retail demand was good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 130.85, Large 123.57, Medium 95.86, and Small 69.00.

Western North Carolina fruit and vegetable harvest has been interrupted by inclement weather created by Hurricane Irma

 Bell Type Peppers:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.   1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large $8-$10, fair quality $6-$8; large $7-$8.

Squash:  Supply Yellow varieties light.  Demand moderate.  Market higher.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini $14-$18, medium $12-$16; small Yellow Straightneck $14-$16, medium $12-$14; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small $20, medium $16.

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, large $11.95-$15.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  Supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers with lids $12.95-$13.95; 20 pound cartons loose $22.95-$25.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes:  Supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market slightly higher.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large & large $13.95-$17.95, medium $13.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 73.71 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 71.79 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 1 cent higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.77-$4.32 at feed mills and $3.57-$4.07 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 2 cents lower.  Prices were $9.90 at the processors and ranged $9.00-$9.45 at the elevators; new crop $9.20-$9.60.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 1 cent higher; prices were $3.77-$3.92 at the feed mills and $3.67-$3.77 at the elevators; new crop $4.24-$4.70.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $330.40 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.