SE Cash Cotton Follows Futures Higher

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City, a total of 938 cattle, 387 goats, and 262 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were mostly steady to 2.00 lower; while slaughter bulls were mixed, 7.00 lower to2.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly steady to 1.00 higher; feeder heifers were mostly steady to 3.00 higher; and feeder bulls were 2.00 to 5.00 higher.

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 Monday in North Carolina was 3,108,000 head compared to 3,002,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market was higher on all sizes.  Supplies were mostly moderate.  Retail demand was moderate to good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 115.66, Large 104.63, Medium 83.86, and Small 57.00.

Bell Type Crop Peppers:  Demand fairly light.  Market about steady.  Some growers experiencing a production gap.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo &; extra large $8-$10, fair quality $6-$6.35; large $7-$8.

Squash:  Supply Yellow varieties light.  Demand moderate.  Market Yellow Straightneck slightly lower, Zucchini slightly higher, Yellow Crookneck about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $14-$14.35, medium $12-$12.35; Yellow Straightneck small $16-$18.35, medium $14-$16.35; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small $20-$20.35, medium $14-$14.35.

Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Large wide range in price.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra large $11.95-$15.95, large $9.95-$15.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers $8.95-$11.95; 20 pound cartons loose $17.95-$21.95.

Tomatoes, Plum Type:  Demand fairly light.  Market about steady.  25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large & large $10.95-$13.95, medium $11.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 70.33 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 68.88 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 2 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.71-$4.11 at feed mills and $3.51-$4.01 at elevators; new crop $3.51-$4.21.

U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 3 to 4 cents lower.  Prices were $9.36 at the processors and ranged $8.70-$9.26 at the elevators; new crop $9.01-$9.41.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was

2 cents lower; prices were $3.71-$3.86 at the feed mills and $3.61-$3.73 at the elevators; new crop $4.45.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $325.20 per ton 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.