NCDA Market Highlights for Wednesday, January 2nd

The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for December 31, 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 auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 640 cattle, 89 goats, and32 sheep were sold.  Compared to two weeks ago, slaughter cattle had no price comparison.  Feeder steers and bulls were mostly 3.00 to 4.00 lower, while heifers were mostly steady to 1.00 lower on a light test.  Demand, market activity, and buyer interest were moderate.  Offerings of cattle were moderate.  Cattle quality was average.  Average dressing slaughter cows brought $46-$60, with high dressing up to $69.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $71-$74, with high dressing ranging $82-$85.  400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers ranged $120-$132, 500-600 lbs. were $126-$130.  M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-500 lbs. ranged $123-$130, 500-600 lbs. were $108-$115.  M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 500-600 lbs. ranged $120-$131.

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were mostly heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 2,552,000 head compared to 152,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market was lower on all sizes.  Supplies were moderate to heavy.  Retail demand was moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets, cents per dozen: Extra Large 150.53, Large 149.28, Medium 86.17, and Small 70.00.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 70.20 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 67.77 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly steady when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $4.10-$4.75 at feed mills and $3.90-$4.15 at elevators; new crop $4.22-$4.52.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly steady.  Prices were $8.47-$8.72 at the processors and ranged $8.02-$8.48 at the elevators; new crop $9.20.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly steady; prices were $3.85-$4.35 at the feed mills and $4.00-$4.15 at the elevators; new crop $4.16-$4.84.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $341.20 per ton for 48% protein.

 

Feed Mills:  Bladenboro 4.40, —–, 4.35; Candor 4.50, —–, —-; Cofield 4.18, 8.63, —-;  

                         Laurinburg 4.45, —–, 4.25; Monroe 4.43, —–, —-; Nashville 4.75, —–, —-;

                         Roaring River 4.60, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.40, —–, 4.35; Creswell 4.10, 8.22, 3.85;

                         Statesville 4.25, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.40, —–, 4.35; Pantego #2 —-, —–, —-.

 Elevators:  Bladenboro 3.90, 8.27, 4.10; Clarkton 4.00, 8.22, 4.10; Clement 3.96, 8.23, —-;

                        Clinton 4.10, 8.27, 4.15; Creswell 3.90, 8.18, —-; Elizabeth City 3.95, 8.48, —-;

Lagrange 4.00, 8.17, 4.05; Monroe —-, 8.43, —-; Mount Olive 4.10, 8.27, 4.05;

                        Norwood 4.15, 8.08, —-; Register —-, 8.22, —-; Warsaw #2 4.15, 8.17, —-;

Wilson —-, 8.02, 4.00.

 Soybean Processors:  Fayetteville, 8.72; Selma, 8.47.

 Fruit and Vegetable Prices (Shipping Point F.O.B.)Eastern North Carolina – 2018 Crop Sweet Potatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $15-$17 mostly $16-$17 few high as $18 occasional lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $11-$14,


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.