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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF JULY 14

GEORGIA — Shipments (1,458-1,263-1,057, red-flesh seeded 122-80-63; red-flesh seedless 1,336-1,183-994) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading red-flesh seeded 35s and red-flesh seedless 60s moderate, others very slow. Prices red-flesh seed 35s and red-flesh seedless 60s slightly higher, others lower. 24-inch bins per pounds red-flesh seeded-type 35s 12-13 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s mostly 11 cents, 45s mostly 12 cents, 60s 13-14 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (314-303-384, seedless 294-278-352, seeded 20-25-32) — Movement expected about the same. Trading seedless 35 count fairly active at slightly lower prices, others fairly active. Prices seedless 35 count slightly lower, seedless 45 count generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 18 cents, approximately 45 count mostly 19-20 cents, approximately 60 count 17-18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts 12-14 cents. Quality generally good.

TEXAS — Shipments (500-349-182, seedless 480-333-171, seeded 20-16-11) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading early slow, late moderate. Prices 45 count lower, others higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 count mostly 15-16 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Shipments (171-140*-125, red-flesh seeded 21-18-6; red-flesh seedless 150-122*-119) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading seeded 35s and seedless 60s moderate, other seedless slow. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s mostly 13 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s mostly 11-12 cents, 60s 13-14 cents. Quality generally good.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (seedless AZ 224-207-103, CA 19-0-0) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for season. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality generally good. Lighter shipments were expected to continue through July 19. LAST REPORT.

MISSOURI — Shipments (0-8-64, red-flesh seeded 0-2-6; red-flesh seedless 0-58-*) — Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type 36s 14 cents, 45s 15 cents and 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good. *unavailable

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (1-16-37, red-flesh seeded 1-6-5; red-flesh seedless 0-10-32) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report were expected the week of July 14.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (0-0-8, red-flesh seeded 0-0-0; red-flesh seedless 0-0-8) — Very light harvest has begun. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by late July.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Light harvest was expected to begin by the week of July 21 with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report by the week of July 21.



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Uncertainty facing California citrus grower-shippers

VISALIA, Calif. — Economic support from Washington, D.C., will continue to help the California citrus industry in its battle against a deadly disease, but the state’s fiscal health remains on shaky ground, attendees at the 35th annual meeting of California Citrus Mutual were told Nov. 1.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has committed another $13.5 million to keep Asian citrus psyllids and huanglongbing, the disease the pest can carry, from reaching California’s commercial citrus groves, Joel Nelsen, president of Citrus Mutual told the 370 industry representatives at the Visalia Convention Center.

Nelsen quoted written remarks forwarded by Rebecca Bech, deputy administrator of plant protection and quarantine for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Bech was scheduled to be the dinner’s keynote speaker, but Hurricane Sandy prevented her making the trip to California.

In her remarks, Bech applauded the state’s growers for their initiative.

“The citrus industry in California stands out from other industry partners because you do not wait for the government to fix your problems,” she said. “You work to fix it yourselves.”

Bech referred to the industry’s self-imposed $15 million increased annual assessments that are spearheading the effort to combat the psyllids and the disease, also known as HLB.

Replacing Bech at the dinner was a panel of three California Republican lawmakers who offered a bleak forecast of the state’s fiscal future.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is prevented by organized labor from taking the steps necessary to right the state’s economic ship, said Bakersfield Sen. Jean Fuller.

“I truly believe he wants to fix California, but it’s his own backers who pull him back,” she said. “He has not in his two years yet delivered on his promise to fix or reform California government.”

Just as frustrating to lawmakers who represent districts in the agriculture rich San Joaquin Valley, Fuller said, is the abundance in Sacramento of legislators from urban areas.

“They have a very different understanding of rural needs,” she said.

The general public must share some of the blame for the state’s maladies, said David Valadao, a Hanford-based member of the Assembly and a candidate for Congress,

“The average person doesn’t follow enough what’s going on in Sacramento,” he said. “They (voters) don’t get the full picture from glancing at the headlines.”

Visalia Assemblywoman Connie Conway put part of the blame for the stalemate in Sacramento on the opposing goals of the two major political parties.

“Democrats want the people who are already paying to pay more,” Conway said. “Republicans want to create more taxpayers.”

Democrats hold commanding majorities in both houses of the state Legislature.

“There is no balance. it’s so punitive,” said Conway, who chairs the Assembly Republican Caucus.

If efforts by Democrats fail to increase temporarily the sales tax and income taxes, the state will still survive, she said.

“It will not be Armageddon,” Conway said.


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