NCDA&CS MARKET HIGHLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH

Daily Market Highlights for SFN

The following is a summary of market prices and conditions of North Carolina farm products for March 28, 2019 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 1,016 cattle and 2 goats were sold. Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly 4.00 to 5.00 lower, while bulls were mostly 1.00 to 3.00 higher. Feeder steers were mostly 1.00 to 7.00 higher; bulls were mostly steady to 5.00 higher; while heifers were mostly 6.00 to 10.00 lower. Demand was moderate to good; market activity and buyer interest were moderate to active. Offerings of cattle were fairly light to moderate. Cattle quality was plain to average. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $47-$58, with high dressing up to $67. Average slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $70-$84, with high dressing ranging $86-$87.50. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder steers ranged $150-$170, 500-600 lbs. were $144-$162. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers, 400-

500 lbs. were $135-$143, 500-600 lbs. ranged $123-$132. M&L 1-2 feeder bulls, 400-500 lbs. were $148-$165, 500-600 lbs. ranged $134-$155.

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 desirable. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina was 3,317,000 head compared to 3,375,000 head last Thursday.

Eggs: The market was steady on all sizes. Supplies were moderate to fairly heavy. Retail demand was light to moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets, cents per dozen: Extra Large 115.17, Large 112.42, Medium 85.43, and Small 78.00.

Cotton: The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 72.62 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 70.33 cents per pound.

Grain: U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 1 cent higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.14-$4.59 at feed mills and $3.89-$4.44 at elevators; new crop $3.93-$4.53.

U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 2 cents higher. Prices were $8.50-$8.90 at the processors and ranged $8.15-$8.60 at the elevators; new crop $8.26-$9.09. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 1 cent higher; prices were $4.09-$4.44 at the feed mills and $4.04-$4.14 at the elevators; new crop $4.13-$4.63. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $341.50 per ton for 48% protein.

Feed Mills: Bladenboro 4.44, —–, 4.34; Candor 4.44, —–, —-; Cofield 4.16, 8.75, —-; Laurinburg 4.39, —–, 4.44; Monroe 4.44, —–, —-; Nashville —-, —–, —-;

Roaring River 4.59, —–, —-; Rose Hill 4.44, —–, 4.34; Creswell 4.14, —–, 4.09; Statesville 4.24, —–, —-; Warsaw 4.44, —–, 4.34; Pantego #2 —-, —–, —-.

Elevators: Bladenboro 4.14, 8.59, 4.14; Clarkton 4.01, 8.59, 4.04; Clement —-, —–, —-; Clinton 4.14, 8.59, 4.04; Creswell 3.99, 8.39, —-; Elizabeth City 3.89, 8.60, —-; Lagrange 4.29, 8.59, 4.04; Monroe —-, 8.60, —-; Mount Olive 4.14, 8.59, 4.04;

Norwood 4.14, 8.15, —-; Register —-, —–, —-; Warsaw #2 4.44, —–, —-;

Wilson —-, 8.59, 4.04.

Soybean Processors: Fayetteville, 8.90; Selma, 8.50.

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 $16-$18 some $15 few higher occasional lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $11-$14 mostly $12-$13, U.S. No. 2 $9-$10 some $12 few $8, No Grade Marks jumbo $10-$11 mostly $11 some low as $8 few high as $12.