Prices vary slightly, but flat in many market locations. At the start of the report week, temperatures were generally above average in the East, South, and West, though below average in the Midwest and Rockies.
The grain and oilseed markets firmed early Thursday morning ahead of the export sales report and after the DJIA closed 4% higher Wednesday and the Shanghai Composite closed 5.4% higher Thursday, seeming to stabilize the financial markets.
Live cattle prices fell from $143.85 on Monday to $143.68 on Tuesday, a 17-cent decrease that brought the 27-day average price to $146.56. Feeder cattle prices increased seven cents to $210.90. The 27-day average price is now at $212.80.
Lean hog prices jumped from $65.83 on Monday to $67.50. The $1.67 increase brought the 27-day average price to $74.47.
Corn prices fell three cents to $3.66, while wheat dropped eight cents to $4.95.
U.S retail diesel prices dropped an average of five cents to $2.56 this week, bringing the 27-day average price to $2.82. The West Coast, Gulf Coast and New England regions saw the largest drop of six cents, while the Rocky Mountain region saw the smallest of only three cents. The Gulf Coast region has the lowest gas prices in the country at $2.41 this week. The Central Atlantic region has the highest at $2.78.