Market Summary: Vegetable Harvest Curtailed Due to Rain
At the 2 livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro a total of 814 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows trended steady to $8.00 higher, feeder steers trended $1.00 to $6.00 higher, and heifers trended $4.00 to $8.00 higher when compared to the previous week.
N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,775,000 head compared to 2,866,000 head last Thursday.
Cucumbers: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. There is a wide range in prices. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates med 16.00-20.25, fair quality 8.00-10.00, cartons 24s 5.00-7.00.
Squash: supply fairly light. Demand is fairly good. Market yellow crookneck is slightly higher, others about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates Zucchini small 16.00-17.00, med 14.00-15.00. Yellow Straight neck small 20.00-22.00, med 18.00-20.00, 3/4 bushel cartons/crates Yellow Crookneck small 29.00-30.00, med 25.00.
Tomatoes: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Comb or Better jumbo 15.00-15.95, extra large 15.00-15.95, large 14.95-15.95, few lower.
No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 11 to 12 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.67-$6.42 at feed mills and $5.48-5.93 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 14 to 17 cents lower and were $13.67 at processors, and $13.44-$14.67 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 6 cents lower and was $4.68-$5.78 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $507.70 per ton for 48% protein.