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AUSTIN -- For the week ending June 7, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices steady to as much as $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas direct feeder cattle prices were steady to $3 higher. Expectations that limited supplies will tighten and strong demand continue to support the market. Feeder cattle futures on Friday closed above $200 per cwt for the first time on record. Fed cattle cash prices were more than $2 higher per cwt. Wholesale beef values were lower.

Cotton prices were down from a week earlier as rainfall on the Texas Plains and improving crop prospects continued to pressure the market.

Wheat prices were higher as rains on the U.S. Southern Plains came too late to help much of the crop and are now hampering harvest. Early reports of some lower-than-expected yields also contributed to the increase.

Corn and grain sorghum prices were lower due to good planting progress and favorable growing conditions in much of the Corn Belt. Initial crop condition ratings were the third best on record, with 76 percent of the crop in good to excellent conditions.
Weather

Much of the state received rainfall during the week with totals ranging from a trace amount to more than 3 inches in a few locations. Totals of one-half inch or more were common south of I-40 and north of a line from Texarkana to San Angelo to Amarillo. Last week’s U.S. Drought Monitor showed a decline in overall conditions in Texas, with 91 percent of the state rated in some degree of drought or abnormal dryness, up from 89 percent a week ago.

However, the areas in the two worst categories, extreme and exceptional drought, dropped again this week to 27 percent, down from 33 percent last week.

Nationally, conditions remained unchanged with 48 percent the contiguous states reported in some degree of abnormal dryness or drought.

Markets for the week ending June 7:
•Feeder steers, $187.68/cwt
•Fed cattle, $145.27/cwt
•Slaughter lambs, $163.50/cwt
•Slaughter goats, $210/cwt
•Cotton, 77˘/lb
•Grain sorghum, $7.98/cwt
•Wheat, $7.14/bu
•Corn, $5.05/bu
•Watermelons, 14˘/lb
•Onions, $8.00/sack
Futures markets:
•Feeder cattle, $200.52/cwt
•Fed cattle, $140.12/cwt
•Cotton, 84.78˘/lb
•Wheat, $7.36/bu
•Corn, $4.59/bu
•Lumber, $306.50/1000 bd ft.

All cash prices above are market averages for locations covered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 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.” For additional information, contact the Texas Department of Agriculture at 800-835-5832 or visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov.
 

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