Strawberry Season Wrapping Up in NC

At the livestock auction held Friday in Siler City a total of 733 cattle and 67 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to 2.00 lower; bulls were steady to 1.50 higher. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-600 lbs., trended mostly 5.00 to 6.00 lower; heifers were mostly 1.00 higher. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $74-$83.50, with high dressing up to $97. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $96-$99, with high dressing ranging $102-$110. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs., brought $118-$134, 500-600 lbs. ranged from $115-$131. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $111-$133.50 and 500-600 lbs. were $120-$132.

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 2,924,000 head compared to 2,825,000 head last Monday.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 11 to 16 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.42-$7.65 at feed mills and $6.85-$7.25 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended 17 to 21 cents lower and were $15.85 at processors, and $14.80-$15.51 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended six to 30 cents lower, quoting $5.40-$6.19 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $513.30 per ton for 48% protein.

Blueberries: Demand good. Market about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats of 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $18-$20 few including previous commitments lower occasional higher.

Strawberries: Supply light. Demand fairly light. Most shippers are finished for the season. Harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats of 8 1-pound containers with lids medium supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

Beans: Demand good. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Bushel cartons/crates precooled Round Green Type Machine Picked $18-$20 few including fair quality lower. FIRST REPORT.

Cabbage: Supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. 50 pound cartons Round Green Type medium $10.

Cucumbers: Demand moderate. Market slightly lower. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $16-$16.35, fair quality $5.35-$6, cartons 24s $3-$4.35 mostly $4.

Squash: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $6-$8, medium $4-$6; Yellow Straightneck small $5.50-$8, medium $4-$6.

Greens: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Various containers bunched/loose Collard, Kale, Mustard, and Turnip Tops $6.50-$7.

Sweet Potatoes: Demand moderate. Market about steady. 40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $13-$15 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $10-$12 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 2 $7-$9 few lower occasional higher, No Grade Marks jumbo $6-$7 few higher and lower.


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