Despite Slipping Futures, SE Cotton Holds

At the 2 weekly livestock auctions held Wednesday at North Wilkesboro and Norwood 871 cattle and 1 goat were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $3.00 higher and slaughter bulls were mostly steady to $2.00 higher. Feeder steers and heifers were mostly steady to $4.00 higher; bulls were mostly steady to $3.00 higher when compared to the previous sales.

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights are desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Thursday in North Carolina is 2,854,000 head compared to 2,689,000 head last Thursday.

N.C. Eggs:  The market is lower on Extra Large, steady on the balance. Supplies are moderate to heavy.  Retail demand is moderate to light.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 88.87, Large 85.16, Medium 68.86, and Small 59.00.

Sweet Potatoes:  demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Report issued on Monday and Thursday.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 14.00-16.00 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite 10.00-14.00 mostly 11.00-13.00, U.S. No. 2 8.00-10.00 mostly 8.00-9.00 some 7.00, No Grade Marks jumbo 8.00-9.00 mostly 8.00 few higher occasional lower.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 75.52 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 72.94 cents per pound.

 U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 5 cents lower when compared to the previous day.  Prices ranged $4.23-$4.66 at feed mills and $3.77-$4.48 at elevators; new crop $4.04-$4.83.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 17 to 18 cents lower; prices were $10.38 at the processors and ranged $9.94-$10.23 at the elevators; new crop $9.69-$10.29.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 5 cents lower; prices were $4.53 at the feed mills and 4.33 at the elevators; new crop $4.47-$4.67.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants was $372.00 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.