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South Carolina Grain Markets Mixed to Open Week

In South Carolina’s cash grain markets on Monday, 2 Yellow Corn was 4 to 7 cents lower, 1 Yellow Soybeans were 2 to 4 cents higher, 2 Red Wheat had too few bids to trend. New Crop 1 Yellow Corn had too few bids to trend and New Crop US 2 Red Wheat was 4 to 7 cents lower.

Corn at country elevators—7.06 at Kingstree; 7.10 at Lynchburg; 7.47 and *6.55 at Estill; Processors—7.46 at Orangeburg 2; 8.30 at Monetta; 8.01 and *6.75 at Sumter; 7.46 at Cassett.

Soybeans at Country Elevators—13.99 at Anderson; 13.75 at Kingstree; 14.16 at Lynchburg; 13.84 at Orangeburg; 14.35 at Estill; Processors—14.50 at Kershaw; Export—No Bid at Mt. Pleasant.

Wheat at Country Elevators—*8.16 at Anderson; 7.06 at Kingstree; *7.67 at Lynchburg; 7.33 and *7.92 at Estill Processors—*7.71 at Sumter 2; 7.75 at Columbia.

Farmers’ Market Pioneer Dies

Bill Dow, generally considered the pioneer of the farmers’ market concept in the Triangle passed away over the weekend. Dow was a Chatham County organic farmer and former physician and helped start the Carrboro Farmers’ Market in 1978. Before then, few farmers grew produce to sell directly to consumers and restaurants. Dow felt that he could do more good growing vegetable than dispensing medicines when he gave up his physician’s practice to become the state’s first organic certified farmer.

Pork – A Value for Consumers

The profit situation remains difficult for pork producers, but that creates opportunities for consumers at the meatcase. Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer says this value-situation will continue for some time:

“Pork is going to be a great value, especially relative to beef. We have progressively smaller calf crops and even though these cattle are pretty big, beef supplies will be down. We are almost certainly going to see higher beef prices. We also think chicken prices are going to be record high so relative to those pork should be a pretty good value.”

High feed costs are an ongoing challenge for the livestock sector.

Joint Commodities Conference Set for January

Registration packages are now available for the 24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference scheduled for Jan 15-18 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham. The number of blocked rooms at the special rate is limited and reservations are encouraged before Dec. 28. For more information and to register click here.


USDA Responds to Complaints on School Lunch Limitations

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids' meals.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat.
School administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.

7th Red Wolf Found Dead in Tyrell County

Federal wildlife officials say a seventh protected red wolf has been shot to death since North Carolina adopted a rule allowing coyotes to be hunted at night with spotlights. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said a slain red wolf was found south of Columbia, in Tyrrell County. All seven radio-collared wolves were shot since the state Wildlife Resources Commission allowed overnight coyote hunting in August.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with the investigation–Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of this red wolf may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.

The latest dead red wolf was found days after wildlife and environmental groups won a court order suspending the nighttime hunt in the five counties in northeast North Carolina where about 100 wolves live wild. 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.