NC Cash Grains Jump

At the livestock auctions held Monday in Siler City a total of 1,102 cattle and 226 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, slaughter cows were steady.  Slaughter bulls were 1.00 to 2.00 higher.  M&L 1-2 feeder cattle, 400-600 lbs., were mostly 3.00 to 5.00 higher.  It was reported that demand was good, market activity and buyer interest were active. 

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 Monday in North Carolina was 2,928,000 head compared to 2,910,000 head last Monday.

2014 Crop Sweet Potatoes:  Some harvest curtailed due to rain and wet fields.  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  40 pound cartons Orange Types U.S. No. 1 $18-$22 some $23-$24 occasional lower, U.S. No. 1 Petite $14-$16 few higher and lower, U.S. No. 2 $8-$10 mostly $10 some high as $16, No Grade Marks jumbo $13-$16 mostly $13-$14 some $10-$12 occasional lower.

Apples:  Supply fairly light.  Demand good.  Market about steady.  Cartons tray pack U.S. Extra Fancy Red Delicious & Golden Delicious 80s, 88s, and 100s $24-$28; U.S. Extra Fancy 80s, 88s, and 100s $24-$28;

Cucumbers:  Supply light.  Demand fairly good.  1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates medium $20.35-$24.95.

Eggplant:  Demand fairly light.  Market about steady.  1 1/9 bushel cartons medium $8.35-$10.35.

Bell Type Peppers,:  Demand moderate.  Market slightly lower.  1 1/9 bushel cartons/crates jumbo Green $10.35-$12.95;

Squash:  Supply very light.  Demand good.  1/2 and 5/9 bushel cartons small Zucchini $20.35-$22.35; 3/4 bushel cartons Yellow Crookneck small $20.35-$24.95.

Tomatoes:  Demand light.  Market about steady.  25 pound cartons loose jumbo Vine Ripes U.S. Combination or Better $5.95-$8.95.

Grape Type Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  Flats 12 1-pint containers $7.95-$9.95.

Plum Type Tomatoes:  Demand moderate.  Market about steady.  25 pound cartons loose extra large Roma $12.95-$13.95.

U.S. 2 yellow shelled corn was mostly two to 12 cents higher when compared to last report.  Prices ranged $3.45-$4.15 at feed mills and $3.25-$3.76 at elevators.  U.S. 1 yellow soybeans were mostly 13 cents higher and ranged $8.64-$9.99 at elevators, new crop $8.43-$9.24.  U.S. 2 soft red winter wheat was mostly two cents higher and ranged $3.75-$3.80 at the elevators.'

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.