AUSTIN – (Sept. 8, 2015) For the week ending Sept. 5, 2015, Texas auctions were mixed in their reports on feeder cattle prices, with some noting prices $2 to $10 higher and others reporting instances of $5 to $10 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $3.15 to close at $240.07 per cwt and Select Grade losing $4.56 to close at $228.39 per cwt. Net export sales totaled 13,100 metric tons (MT) for Aug. 21 – 27 and were up three percent from the previous week and 34 percent from the previous four-week average. Export shipments of 10,800 MT were up four percent from the previous week but down five percent from the prior four-week average. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Cotton cash prices were 0.50 cents lower than the previous week and closed at 59.38 cents per pound. October futures prices settled at 63.07 cents per pound, 0.67 cents lower than last week. For the reporting period of Aug. 24 – 30, the USDA NASS Texas field office indicated that 99 percent of cotton acreage is in the squaring stage, which is up two percentage points from the previous week but down one percentage point from last year. Net export cotton sales totaled 66,500 bales. The primary destinations were Vietnam, Mexico and South Korea. Export shipments of 153,100 bales were up 49 percent from the previous week and went primarily too Vietnam, Turkey and Mexico.
Wheat cash and futures markets were closed last Friday due to the Labor Day holiday. The USDA NASS Texas field office reported that producers continued with field preparations for small grains such as plowing and fertilizer applications. Net exports for wheat were 530,400 MT, with increased purchases reported for Japan, the Philippines and Italy.
Texas corn markets were closed on Friday due to the Labor Day holiday. The USDA NASS Texas field office reported corn and sorghum harvest — aided by warm, dry weather — continued in many areas of the state. Some sorghum producers in areas of the Northern High Plains continued with pesticide applications to mitigate the threat of sugarcane aphids. Hot weather conditions and lack of moisture have impacted soybeans in areas of the Blacklands; however, harvest progressed in areas of the Blacklands and South Texas. Corn export sales were 328,300 MT. Export shipments of 1,077,200 MT were up 31 percent from the previous week and 20 percent from the previous four-week average. Primary destinations were Japan, Mexico and South Korea.
This week’s Drought Monitor for Texas showed worsening drought conditions for the state, with 41.94 percent of Texas still in some stage of drought intensity. On the national level, drought conditions also worsened, with 45.79 percent of the U.S. experiencing abnormal dryness or some degree of drought.
Additional information on agricultural weather, crop progress and agricultural markets can be found on the TDA Market News page.
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All cash prices above are market averages for locations covered by the USDA Market News program and do not reflect any particular sale at any specific location. Feeder cattle prices are for Texas direct sales of 650-850 pound medium and large No.1 steers for current delivery. Futures prices are quoted for the nearest month contract on the last trading day of the week. Timber prices are from the Texas A&M Forest Service, bimonthly “Texas Timber Price Trends.” MBF = thousand board feet. For additional information, contact TDA at (800) 835-5832 or visit our website, www.TexasAgriculture.gov.