While the likelihood of a watermelon purchase spiked last year, this year the likelihood of purchase fell seven percentage points, putting it closer to 2010 levels.
Watermelon has taken the plunge, getting drenched in the national ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Dulcinea Farms, which was acquired by Reedley, Calif.-based Pacific Trellis Fruit earlier this year, will undergo some changes in the coming months.
WOODLAND, Calif. — What happens in the field affects food quality and supply, so Monsanto vegetable seed representatives want to engage the entire value chain.
WOODLAND, Calif. — Talk to most of the product managers and breeders of Sakata Seed America Inc.’s warm-season crops, and some of the first words out of their mouths will likely be about flavor or taste.
Watermelons and honeydew in Colorado’s Rocky Ford region, expected to start production around Aug. 5, will take a volume hit from the same hailstorm that wreaked havoc on the larger cantaloupe crop.More Packer Stories for Watermelons
Market Scope - Watermelons — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (238-206*-218, seedless 223-196*-204, seeded 15-10-14) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18-19 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 17-19 cents. Quality generally good. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. *revised
TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 166-135-92, seedless 150-126-86, seeded 16-9-6, OK seedless 5-10-9) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies very light as harvest was curtailed in most areas. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality variable. Prices from Sept. 19 because of no f.o.b. report issued on Sept. 22 because of insufficient supplies.
SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (166-123-50, red-flesh seeded 8-4-4; red-flesh seedless 158-119-46) — Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (8-9-11, seedless 8-9-9, seeded 0-0-2) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Oct. 13. FIRST REPORT.