NC Cash Grains Soar into the Weekend

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 367 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $3.00 lower when compared to the previous week.  Feeder cattle were sharply lower.  The higher temperature added stress to the calves leading to lower prices.

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 and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,676,000 head compared to 3,434,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. egg market is steady on all sizes.  Supplies are moderate.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 85.24, Large 80.59, Medium 69.86, and Small 52.00.

Blueberries:  supply light.  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  A few shippers are finished for the season.  Quality variable.  Flats 12 1-pint cups medium-large 18.00-20.00.

Beans:  demand good.  Market about steady.  Bushel cartons/crates precooled Round Green Type Machine Picked 24.00-25.00.

Cabbage:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Some growers experiencing a harvesting gap. 50 pound cartons Round Green Type medium 8.00-10.00.

Cucumbers:  supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Waxed1 1/9 bushel cartons medium 18.00-20.00, fair quality 6.00-8.00, cartons 24s 5.00-6.00.

Squash: demand Yellow Straightneck fairly good, Zucchini moderate.  Market Zucchini slightly lower, Yellow Straightneck about steady.  Wide price range Yellow Straightneck.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 7.00-8.00, medium 5.00-6.00; small Yellow Straightneck 16.00-20.00, medium 14.00-18.00.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 71.13 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 69.09 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 5 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $4.07-$4.74 at feed mills and $4.04-$4.59 at elevators; new crop $4.07-$4.82.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 4 to 5 cents higher; prices were $8.84-$9.19 at the elevators; new crop $9.10-$9.55.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 5 to 11 cents higher; prices were $4.34-$4.54 at the feed mills and $4.04-$4.65 at the elevators.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was without a per ton bid 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.