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Texas Cash Market recap, June 23


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AUSTIN -- For the week ending June 23, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions were mostly steady to $7 lower per hundredweight (cwt), although a few locations also noted prices as much as $5 higher on a portion of their offerings. Lower fed cattle and beef markets, dry pastures, and variable quality offset smaller supplies. A Texas direct feeder cattle trend was not available due to light trade volumes as sellers passed up the lower bids in hopes of a recovery. The Oklahoma City auction was $1 to $5 lower. Fed cattle cash prices were down $3 in very light trade as the market followed beef values lower, leaving many sellers unwilling to accept the lower bids. Cotton prices were lower due to a mixed export sales report, a stronger dollar, and weaker outside markets, although declines were limited by concerns about hot, dry weather in Texas, rumors of large purchases by China, and a delayed harvest in Pakistan. Corn and grain sorghum were higher due to concerns that hot, dry weather in parts of the Corn Belt will damage the crop, although gains were limited by weak exports and poor ethanol margins. Wheat prices were higher on weather concerns in Europe and a lower production forecast for Russia.

As for futures markets, feeder cattle, fed cattle, wheat, corn, and lumber were higher while cotton was lower. Southeast Texas, coastal areas, west-central Texas, and parts of the northern Panhandle recorded a half inch of rain or more while little or no rain fell in other areas of the state. The weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service crop progress and condition report showed that cotton planting is nearing completion, with 22 percent of the acreage squaring, and 13 percent setting bolls, both near normal for this date. Cotton condition was rated mostly fair to good. Corn was rated in mostly good to fair condition with 59 percent of the crop silking, slightly ahead of the average pace. Grain sorghum planting progress was slightly behind normal at 91 percent complete, but 68 percent of the crop was headed, well ahead of normal. The crop was reported in mostly good to fair condition. The state’s wheat crop was 84 percent harvested, much above the 63 percent average for this date. The crop was rated in mostly fair to good condition. Pastures remained in mostly good to poor condition and need rain in many areas.

Texas Cash Markets for the week ending June 23: see attached

The 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 500-600 pound medium and large No. 1 steers at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards. Futures prices are quoted for the nearest month contract on the last trading day of the week.

For more information, contact TDA at 1-800-835-5832 or visit the website, http://www.TexasAgriculture.gov.
 

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