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NC Broiler/Fryer Harvest Breaks 3.1 million Head

Cattle:  At the livestock auction held Tuesday in Shelby a total of 507 cattle were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady to 3.00 higher; and slaughter bulls had too few head to establish an adequate market.

Broiler-Fryers:  The North Carolina broiler-fryer market was steady and the live supply was adequate to meet the moderate demand.  Average weights were mostly heavy.  The estimated slaughter for Wednesday in North Carolina was 3,116,000 head compared to 3,034,000 head last Wednesday.

Eggs:  The market was higher on all sizes.  Supplies were mostly moderate.  Retail demand was good.  Weighted average prices for small lot sales of grade A eggs delivered to nearby retail outlets: Extra Large 118.96, Large 106.99, Medium 86.90, and Small 62.00.

Bell Type Peppers:  Demand moderate.  Market slightly lower.  1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo & extra large $8-$8.35,; large $7-$7.35.

Squash:  Supply Yellow varieties light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons Zucchini small $14-$16, medium $12-$14; Yellow Straightneck small $16-$18.35, medium $14-$16.35;  3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small $20-$20.35, medium $14.35-$15.

Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market slightly higher.  25 pound cartons loose Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better jumbo & extra large $12.95-$15.95, large $10.95-$15.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  Demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers $8.95-$12.95; 20 pound cartons loose $19.95-$23.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes:  Demand fairly light.  Market about steady.  Extra services included.   25 pound cartons loose Roma extra large $9.95-$13.95, large $9.95-$13.95, medium $11.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low middling one and one sixteenth Southeast average price is 71.47 cents per pound; the U.S. average is 70.05 cents per pound.

Grain:  U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly 3 to 4 cents lower when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.65-$4.06 at feed mills and $3.44-$3.95 at elevators; new crop $3.45-$4.15.

U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 4 to 8 cents lower.  Prices were $9.28 at the processors and ranged $8.58-$9.18 at the elevators; new crop $8.93-$9.33.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 3 cents lower; prices were $3.65-$3.80 at the feed mills and $3.55-$3.68 at the elevators; new crop $4.44.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was $322.60 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.