NC Pepper Market Gaining Momentum

At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 1,103 cattle and 111 goats were sold. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $74-$84. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $92-$99 with high dressing ranging $102-$107. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs., brought $120-$154 and 500-600 lbs. were $120-$147. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $110-$143 and 500-600 lbs. were $110-$135. M&L 1-2 young age feeder cows sold for $87-$92, M&L 3 young age feeder cows sold for $74-$78.

The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights were mostly light. The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 2,904,000 head compared to 2,821,000 head last Monday.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended six to ten cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.68-$7.16 at feed mills and $6.06-$6.41 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended mostly 24 to 25 cents higher and were $16.03 at processors, and $14.99-$15.84 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended nine to 21 cents lower, quoting $5.12-$5.90 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $576.50 per ton for 48% protein.

Fruit and vegetable prices (shipping point f.o.b.): Eggplant: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $8-$10.35, fair quality $5-$6.35. Peppers, Bell Type: Demand fairly good. Market higher. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo $20.35 few lower; extra large $18-$20.35 few lower, fair quality $14-$14.35 few lower; large $14-$16.35 few lower. Greens: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Various containers bunched/loose Collard and Kale $6.50-$7; Mustard and Turnip Tops $6.50-$7 few $8. Sweet Potatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $13-$15 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$12 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 2 $7-$9 few lower, No Grade Marks jumbo $6-$7 some $8 few higher occasional lower. Potatoes-Chipper: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Round White Atlantic 85% or Better U.S. One per hundredweight per hundredweight contract 1 5/8" minimum $11-$12. Potatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Round Red U.S. One 50 pound sacks size A $24, size B $27-$29, tote bags approximately 2000 pounds per hundredweight size A $46-$48; Round White U.S. One 50 pound sacks size A $9-$10 occasional lower, size B $9-$10 few $11, tote bags approximately 2000 pounds per hundredweight size A $18-$22; Yellow Type U.S. One 50 pound sacks size A $19-$20, size B $12-$14 few lower, tote bags approximately 2000 pounds per hundredweight size A $40.
 


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