Wet Fields from Irma Continues to Hamper NC Fruit and Vegetable Harvest

Cattle:  The Cleveland County Agriculture and Livestock Exchange in Shelby was closed on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 due to adverse weather resulting from Hurricane Irma.  Auctions are expected to resume on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

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 2,991,000 head compared to 3,005,000 head last Wednesday.

Eggs:  The market was steady on small, higher on the balance.  Supplies were mostly light.  Retail demand was good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 133.36, Large 128.44, Medium 97.08, and Small 69.00.

Some harvest curtailed due to inclement weather from Hurricane Irma. 

 Bell Type Peppers:  Supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large $10.35-$14.

Squash:  Supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market Zucchini lower, others higher.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons medium Zucchini $14-$14.35; medium Yellow Straightneck $14-$14.35; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck medium $20.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  Supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers $15.95-$17.95, 20 pound cartons loose $29.95-$33.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 69.98 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 67.99 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly steady when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.72-$4.26 at feed mills and $3.51-$4.01 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 10 cents higher.  Prices were $9.90 at the processors and ranged $9.01-$9.46 at the elevators; new crop $9.20-$9.61.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was steady; prices were $3.71-$3.86 at the feed mills and $3.61-$3.72 at the elevators; new crop $4.29-$4.64.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $332.10 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.