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Market Summary: NC Grains Follow Futures Significantly Lower

At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Mount Airy a total of 349 cattle and 70 goats were sold. Slaughter cows trended mostly 50 cents to 2.00 higher; bulls were mixed, 4.50 lower to 1.50 higher. Average dressing slaughter cows brought $76.50-$86, with high dressing up to $96.50. Average dressing slaughter bulls, 1000 lbs. & up, sold from $88.50-$101, with high dressing ranging $103.50-$104.50.

The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights were mostly desirable. The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 2,890,000 head compared to 2,849,000 head last Wednesday.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn trended five to 15 cents lower when compared to last report. Prices ranged $5.45-$6.98 at feed mills and $5.78-$6.13 at elevators. U.S. 1 yellow soybeans trended mostly 70 to 93 cents lower and were $13.92 at processors, and $14.07-$15.02 at elevators. U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat trended steady to 15 cents lower, quoting $4.98-$5.73 at elevators. Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $547.80 per ton for 48% protein.

Fruit and vegetable prices
EGGPLANT: Demand fairly good. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $12-$12.35, fair quality $6-$8.35.

BELL PEPPERS: Demand moderate. Market about steady. Some shippers are finished for the season. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo $14.35-$16; extra large $14-$14.35, fair quality $12-$12.35.

Western North Carolina Cucumbers: Supply fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady. 1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates medium $16-$18, fair quality $10-$12; cartons 24s $5-$6. 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.