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Market Summary: Demand for NC Fruits & Vegetables Tapering Off

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 614 cattle and 47 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended 1.50 to 5.00 lower; bulls were mixed, 2.00 lower to 50 cents higher.

The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights were desirable to heavy. The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,901,000 head compared to 2,902,000 head last Wednesday.

Fruit and vegetable prices:
In Western North Carolina – Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields.

Beans: Demand fairly light. Market about steady. Bushel crates Round Green Type $11.
Eggplant: Demand fairly light. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $12,

Squash: Demand light. Market about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates small Zucchini $6-$7; small Yellow Straightneck $6-$7; 3/4 bushel cartons/crates Yellow Crookneck small $12.

Tomatoes: Demand very light. Market about steady. 25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo $10.95-$11.95,

Apples: Demand fairly good. Market about steady. U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s, & 100s Red Delicious $24; U.S. Extra Fancy 80s & 88s Golden Delicious $24-$28; U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s, & 100s Gala $26-$28.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended mostly six to 21 cents higher when compared to last report. Prices ranged $4.54-$5.24 at feed mills and $4.40-$4.84 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended nine cents higher and were $13.61 at processors, and $13.07-$13.52 at elevators. New crop U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was $5.06-$6.12 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $533.60 per ton for 48% protein. 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.