Heat Creating a Production Gap in NC Squash

At the 3 weekly livestock auctions held Monday at Canton, Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 1,043 cattle and 55 goats were sold. Slaughter cows were mostly steady to $1.00 lower; slaughter bulls were mostly steady. Feeder heifers were mostly $1.00 to $7.00 higher, feeder steers and bulls were mostly steady to $7.00 higher when compared to the previous sales

N.C. Eggs:  The market is steady on small and medium, lower 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 76.71, Large 72.84, Medium 40.86 and Small 32.00.

Cucumbers: demand moderate.  1 1/9 bushel cartons medium 10.00-12.35 mostly 10.00-10.35, fair quality 6.00-7.35.

Bell Type Peppers: demand moderate.  1 1/9 bushel cartons jumbo & extra-large Green 10.00-12.35.

Squash: demand moderate. Some growers experiencing a production gap. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini 8.00-10.35.  small Yellow Straightneck 8.00-10.35, 3/4 bushel cartons small Yellow Crookneck 10.00-14.35.

Tomatoes: supply large light. Demand fairly good. 25 pound cartons loose jumbo,  extra-large & large Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better 13.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes: demand fairly light. Flats 12 1-pint containers 7.95-8.95, 20 pound cartons, loose, 13.95-16.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes: demand moderate. Extra services included. 25 pound cartons loose Roma extra-large 11.95-13.95, large 11.95-13.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 74.63 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 71.99 cents per pound.

 U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 2 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.82-$4.27 at feed mills and $3.62-$4.17 at elevators; new crop $3.40-$4.29. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 10 cents higher; price was $10.08 at the processors and ranged $9.44-$9.73 at the elevators; new crop $9.23-$9.79.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly 2 cents lower; prices were $3.94-$3.99 at the feed mills and $3.65-$4.12 at the elevators.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $381.40 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.