NC Cash Grains Hold Steady

At the livestock auctions held Thursday at Smithfield a total of 525 cattle and no goats were sold. Slaughter cattle were $3.00 to $5.00 lower when compared to the previous sales. Feeder cattle were $3.00 to $9.00 lower.

Broiler-fryers: The market tone is steady and the live supply is adequate to meet the moderate demand. Average weights are heavy. The estimated slaughter for Friday and Saturday in North Carolina is 3,200,000 head compared to 3,342,000 head last Friday and Saturday.

Apples: demand fairly good.  Market about steady.  Cartons tray pack Red Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s 24.00-26.00; Golden Delicious U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s 24.00-26.00.

Cucumbers: demand moderate.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons medium 14.00-16.35, fair quality 7.00-10.35.

Bell Type Peppers: supply jumbo and medium fairly light. Demand moderate. Market about steady.  Wide price range. 1 1/9 bushel cartons Green jumbo 14.00-20.35, extra-large 14.00-18.35.

Grape Type Tomatoes: supply fairly light.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers 11.95-15.95.  20 pound cartons, loose, 21.95-25.95.

Cotton:  The strict-low-middling one and one sixteenth South East average price is 69.08 cents per pound, the U.S. average is 66.99 cents per pound.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was 7 to 8 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.66-$4.21 at feed mills and $3.46-$3.77 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were 4 cents higher; prices were $9.94 at the processors and ranged $9.04-$9.49 at the elevators; new crop $9.04-$9.59.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was 7 cents higher; prices were $3.91-$3.96 at the feed mills and $3.71-$3.76 at the elevators; new crop $4.07-$4.40.  Soybean meal, f.o.b. at processing plants, was without a per ton offer 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.