Southeast watermelon deals tight, running late

06/02/2014 12:17:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“At some point in Georgia, there will be volume, but I’m not sure if it will be before or after July 4,” Leger said in early June. “We have balanced supplies now. The volume and demand are there for north Florida. Retail has been set at good pricing so everything has been cleaned-up or moving. That creates opportunity for people to make a little more money hopping in and out of the deal, so to speak, but with higher prices.”

Leger said he expects Georgia to produce high quality fruit.

He said Plant City and Wimauma should harvest limited volume through mid-June.

Smith characterized north Florida quality as high but said rains delayed harvesting.

Through May 30, Florida districts shipped 9,136 40,000-pound units of seedless fruit compared to 5,775 units during the same time last season, according to the USDA.

Overall, Florida growers last season shipped 13,538 units of seedless melons, the USDA reported.


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