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AUSTIN -- For the week ending July 5, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt) in a very light market test. Many locations were closed for the week for the July 4 holiday. Texas direct feeder cattle prices were $1 to $4 higher with the average for steers for current delivery setting new record highs. Fed cattle cash prices were up nearly $4 to a new record high of $158 per cwt. Wholesale beef values were $3 to $4 higher per cwt to also set new record highs. Prices throughout the beef complex continue to find strong support from the very tight cattle supplies and robust domestic demand across the sector.

Cotton prices were lower as markets adjusted to higher than expected cotton plantings. In addition, rainfall on the Texas High Plains, generally favorable growing conditions across the Cotton Belt and projections of higher global supplies continued to pressure prices. However, the ongoing drought means timely rains will still be needed to support the crop.

Wheat prices were lower as increasing harvest-time supplies, large global inventories, and weak demand continues to pressure the market.

Corn and grain sorghum prices were lower as overall crop conditions continue to favor a large corn crop this year.

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Parts of East, Central, and North Texas, the Rolling Plains, South Plains, and Panhandle recorded one-half inch or more of rainfall, while little or no rain fell elsewhere in the state. Last week’s U.S. Drought Monitor showed another very slight improvement in overall conditions in Texas, with 87 percent of the state rated in some degree of drought or abnormal dryness, down from 89 percent a week ago. The areas in severe to exceptional drought remained near unchanged, but areas in moderate drought declined as abnormally dry areas expanded. Much of East and Southwest Texas remain drought-free.

Nationally, the total area experiencing abnormal dryness or some degree of drought declined slightly to 44 percent of the contiguous states.

Texas Cash Markets for the week ending

July 5:

•Feeder steers, $209.39/cwt

•Fed cattle, $157.92/cwt

•Cotton, 72˘/lb

•Grain sorghum, $7.32/cwt

•Wheat, $6.86/bu

•Corn, $4.63/bu

•Watermelons, 16˘/lb

Futures markets:

•Feeder cattle, $217.62/cwt

•Fed cattle, $155/cwt

•Cotton, 76.22˘/lb

•Wheat, $6.97/bu

•Corn, $4.17/bu

•Lumber, $337.40/1000 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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