NCDA Market Highlights for Friday December 21

DAILY MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR SFN

 

The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for December 20, 2018 reported by the Federal-State Markets News Service of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  All livestock is state reported.

 

Cattle:  At the livestock auctions held Wednesday in North Wilkesboro and Norwood a total of 922 cattle, 3 hogs, and 1 goat were sold.  When compared to the previous sales two weeks prior, slaughter cattle were mostly steady to $2.50 higher.  Feeder steers and bulls were sharply higher, and heifers were mostly $2.00 to $9.00 higher.  Demand ranged light to good with market activity and buyer interest moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate to light.  Cattle quality was plain to average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $34-$56, with high dressing up to $68.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold were $67-$76, with high dressing ranging $74-$77.50.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers were $140-$175, 500-600 lbs. ranged $134-$146.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $117-$131, 500-600 lbs. were $113-$125.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $137-$156, 500-600 lbs. ranged $130-$148.

 

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady, and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina was 2,866,000 head compared to 2,802,000 head last Thursday.

 

Eggs:  The market was lower on Medium, steady on the balance.  Supplies were mostly moderate. Retail demand was good. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 152.99, Large 152.99, Medium 101.74, and Small 78.00.

 

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 73.06 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 70.63 cents per pound.

 

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 6 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.10-$4.65 at feed mills and $3.90-$4.15 at elevators; new crop $4.21-$4.51.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 6 to 7 cents lower. Prices were $8.58-$8.83 at the processors and ranged $8.13-$8.59 at the elevators; new crop $9.28. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 6 cents lower; prices were $3.85-$4.35 at the feed mills and $4.00-$4.15 at the elevators; new crop $4.22-$5.03. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $342.70 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.40, —–, 4.35; Candor 4.50, —–, —-; Cofield 4.18, 8.74, —-; Laurinburg 4.45, —–, 4.25; Monroe 4.43, —–, —-; Nashville 4.65, —–, —-; Roaring River —-, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.40, —–, 4.35; Creswell 4.10, 8.33, 3.85; Statesville 4.25, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.40, —–, 4.35; Pantego #2 —-, —–, —-.

 

Elevators: Bladenboro 3.90, 8.38, 4.10; Clarkton 4.00, 8.33, 4.10; Clement 4.02, 8.37, —-; Clinton 4.10, 8.38, 4.15; Creswell 3.90, 8.29, —-; Elizabeth City 3.95, 8.59, —-; Lagrange 4.00, 8.28, 4.05; Monroe —-, 8.54, —-; Mount Olive 4.10, 8.38, 4.05; Norwood 4.15, 8.19, —-; Register —-, 8.33, —-; Warsaw #2 4.15, 8.28, —-; Wilson —-, 8.13, 4.00.

 

Soybean Processors: Fayetteville, 8.83; Selma, 8.58.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.)Eastern North Carolina – 2018 Crop

Sweet Potatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Report issued Monday and Thursday.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 15.00-16.00 some 17.00-18.00 occasional lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite 11.00-14.00 some 10.50, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00 occasional higher, No Grade Marks jumbo 9.00-11.00 few higher and lower.