Livestock prices up, crop prices mixed

Livestock prices up, crop prices mixed Preliminary December beef and pork prices are up from a year ago, according to USDA's South Dakota Ag Statistics Service.

Preliminary December crop prices were mixed from a year ago, with corn and soybeans up but wheat, oats, and hay down.

The preliminary December, all beef cattle price, at $86.50, was down $6.10 from last month but up $16.80 from last year. Cows were down $1.10 from last month but up $13.10 from a year ago. Steers and heifers, at $99.80, were down $2.20 from November but up $18 from last year. Calves, at $117, were up $2 from last month and up $18.10 from a year ago.

The preliminary December all hogs price, at $36.80, was up 50 cents from last month and up $5.40 from last year. Barrows and gilts were up 60 cents from November and up $5.40 from last year. Sows were down $2 from November but up $5.20 from last year.

The preliminary December corn price, at $2.22, was up 20 cents from last month and up 10 cents from last year. The December soybean price, at $7.26, was up 31 cents from last month and up $1.95 from last year. The preliminary sunflower price for December, at $11.00, was up 50 cents from last month but down $1.50 from last year. The winter wheat price, at $3.50, was up 15 cents from last month but down 53 cents from last December. The spring wheat price, at $3.67, was up 3 cents from last month but down 57 cents from last year.

The all hay price for December, at $61 per ton, was unchanged from November but down $17 from last year. The alfalfa price, at $64 per ton, was also unchanged from last month but down $18 from last year. The other hay price, at $49, was down $1 from last month and down $12 from December 2002.

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