SE Cash Cotton Holding Steady

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 848 cattle, 279 goats, and 198 sheep were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were 2.00 to 7.00 lower; while bulls were 2.00 to 3.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly 4.00 to 5.00 lower; while bulls were mostly 4.00 to 5.00 higher; and heifers were mostly steady to 2.00 higher.  Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $92-$100, high dressing ranged $100-$102.  400-500 lbs.

 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 to heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Monday in North Carolina was 2,958,000 head compared to 2,925,000 head last Monday.

Eggs:  The market is lower on all sizes.  Supplies are mostly moderate.  Retail demand is moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 109.86, Large 101.33, Medium 73.82, and Small 57.00.

Sweet Potatoes:  Demand good.  Market about steady.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $14-$16, U.S. No. 1 Petite $11-$14, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10, No Grade Marks jumbo $8-$9.

Strawberries:  Supply light.  Demand good.  Flats 8 1-pound containers medium-large $13-$14.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 74.15 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 72.68 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 8 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.97-$4.52 at feed mills and $3.84-$4.42 at elevators; new crop $3.96-$4.76.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly steady to 1 cent lower.  Prices were $9.31 at the processors and ranged $8.82-$9.22 at the elevators; new crop $8.94-$9.55.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 8 cents higher; prices were $4.47 at the feed mills and $4.27 at the elevators; new crop $4.16-$4.44.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $337.10 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.