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Bean Market Taking Off

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 414 cattle and 72 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to 4.50 lower; bulls were 2.00 to 2.50 lower. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-600 lbs., trended mostly 2.00 to 3.00 lower; heifers were mostly steady to 2.00 higher. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $77-$86.80, with high dressing up to $88. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $91.50-$101. M&L 1-2 feeder steers, 400-500 lbs., brought $128-$138, 500-600 lbs. ranged from $123-$133. 400-500 lbs. M&L 1-2 feeder heifers ranged $123-$128 and 500-600 lbs. were $122-$127.

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 2,839,000 head compared to 2,871,000 head last Wednesday.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended eight to nine cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $6.40-$7.65 at feed mills and $6.74-$7.25 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended mostly steady to six cents lower and were $15.95 at processors, and $14.96-$15.80 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended mostly 13 to 14 cents lower, quoting $5.33-$6.25 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $526.40 per ton for 48% protein.

Fruit and vegetable prices (shipping point f.o.b.): BLUEBERRIES: Demand good. Market slightly lower. Quality variable. Includes palletizing and cooling. Flats 12 1-pint cups with lids medium-large $16.50-$19.75 few including previous commitments lower. BEANS: Demand good. Market slightly higher. Bushel cartons/crates precooled Round Green Type Machine Picked $19-$22 occasional lower. CABBAGE: Supply fairly light. Demand fairly good. 50 pound cartons Round Green Type medium $10, Red Type medium $16-$18. CUCUMBERS: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Waxed 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $14-$14.35 few $16, fair quality $5-$6 few $4, Cartons 24s $3.50-$4.35. SQUASH: Supply fairly light. Demand fairly good. Wide range in prices. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $6-$10, medium $4-$8; Yellow Straightneck small $6-$10, medium $4-$8. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.