Western NC Fruit & Vegetable Harvest Bogged Down in Wet Fields


Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 428 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 lower; while slaughter bulls were steady to 8.00 higher.  Feeder steers were mostly 4.00 higher; heifers were steady to 2.00 lower; and bulls were 3.00 to 5.00 lower.

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 Wednesday in North Carolina was 3,069,000 head compared to 2,993,000 head last Wednesday.

Eggs:  The market was lower on large, steady on the balance.  Supplies were mostly moderate.  Retail demand was moderate.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 113.49, Large 109.75, Medium 70.25, and Small 52.00.

Western North Carolina Fruit and Vegetable harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields

Peppers, Bell Type:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo $8-$12 & extra large $8-$12, fair quality $7-$10; large.

 Squash:  Supply Yellow varieties fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini $10-$12.35; small Yellow Straightneck $16-$16.35; 3/4 bushel cartons small Yellow Crookneck $20-$20.35.

Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra large $12.95-$14.95, large $11.95-$14.95.

 Grape Type Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Some harvest curtailed due to wet fields.  Flats 12 1-pint containers $7.95-$9.95; 20 pound cartons loose $15.95-$17.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.   25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large &, large $16.95-$19.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 71.07 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 69.12 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 3 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $4.06-$4.62 at feed mills and $3.86-$4.47 at elevators; new crop $3.86-$4.63.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly steady.  Prices were $9.68 at the processors and ranged $9.01-$9.58 at the elevators; new crop $9.33-$9.73.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 2 to 3 cents higher; prices were $4.06-$4.51 at the feed mills and $3.72-$4.21 at the elevators; new crop $4.96.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $336.30 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.