NC Broiler/Fryer Harvest Holding Steady Above 3 million Head

At the weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at Norwood and North Wilkesboro 869 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $9.00 lower, bulls were steady to $6.00 lower.  Feeder steers and heifers were mixed; bulls were $1.00 to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous sales.

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 3,115,000 head compared to 3,009,000 head last Thursday.

N.C. Eggs:  The market is lower on Large, steady on the balance. Supplies are mostly moderate.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 113.49, Large 108.80, Medium 70.25, and Small 52.00.

Harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields for all western North Carolina fruit and vegetable crops

 Bell Type Peppers:  demand moderate.  Market slightly higher.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large 10.00-12.00.

Squash:  supply Yellow varieties fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market Yellow Straightneck slightly higher, others about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 10.00-12.35; small Yellow Straightneck 16.00-18.00,; 3/4 bushel cartons small Yellow Crookneck 20.00-20.35.

Tomatoes:  demand moderate.  Market slightly lower.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra large 10.95-13.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  demand moderate.  Market 20 pound cartons loose slightly lower, flats 12 1-pint containers about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers 7.95-9.95, 20 pound cartons loose 13.95-17.95.

Tomatoes, Plum Type:  demand moderate.  Market extra large and large lower, medium about steady.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large & large 15.95-17.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 68.51 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 66.94 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 15 cents lower when compared to the previous day.  Prices ranged $3.91-$4.47 at feed mills and $3.71-$4.32 at elevators; new crop $3.71-$4.48.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 30 to 33 cents lower; prices were $9.35 at the processors and $8.69-$9.28 at the elevators; new crop $9.00-$9.40.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 15 cents lower.  Prices ranged $3.91-$4.36 at the feed mills and $3.96-$4.07 at the elevators; new crop $4.79.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $323.80 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.