Market Summary: Demand Remains Moderate for NC Fruits and Vegetables

At the livestock auction held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 516 cattle and 3 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly steady to $4.50 higher, feeder steers trended $1.00 to $11.00 higher, and heifers trended mostly steady to $12.00 higher when compared to the previous sale.

N.C. Broiler-fryers: The market is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,051,000 head compared to 2,884,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

Eggplant: demand moderate. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons med 12.00-12.35, fair quality 8.00-8.35.

Cucumbers: demand moderate. Market is about steady, with a wide range in prices. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates med 16.00-20.25, fair quality 10.00, cartons 24s 6.00-7.00.

bell Peppers: demand fairly good. Market is about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates Green jumbo 16.00-18.00, extra large 16.00-18.00, large 12.00-16.00, fair quality 14.00-17.00.

Squash: supply fairly light. Demand is fairly good. Market is about steady. 1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons/crates Zucchini small 16.00-17.00, med 14.00-15.00. Yellow Straight neck small 20.00-22.00, med 18.00-20.00, 3/4 bushel cartons/crates Yellow Crookneck small 29.00-30.00, med 25.00.

Tomatoes: demand moderate. Market is about steady. Extra services included. 25 lb cartons loose Vine Ripe U.S. Comb or Better jumbo 15.00-15.95, few lower, extra large 15.00-15.95, few lower, large 14.95-15.95, few lower.

The N.C. egg market is higher on medium, steady on the balance. Supplies are light on medium, moderate for the balance. Retail demand is moderate. Weighted average prices for small lot sales of Grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 132.24, Large 130.22, Medium 95.69 and Small 83.00.

No. 2 yellow shelled corn trended 1 to 12 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.24-$6.31 at feed mills and $4.79-5.76 at elevators. No. 1 yellow soybeans trended 11 to 26 cents lower and were $13.56 at processors, and $13.32-$14.41 at elevators. No. 2 red winter wheat was 2 cents higher and was $4.56-$5.80 at the elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $492.50 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.