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Market Scope - Potatoes — F.o.b.s as of June 10
U.S. — Shipments (not including imports, 2,092*-1,768*-2,089) — The top shipping areas, in order, were Idaho; Kern district, Calif.; Colorado; Columbia Basin, Wash./Umatilla Basin, Ore.; and Florida. *revised.
UPPER VALLEY, TWIN FALLS-BURLEY DISTRICT, IDAHO — Shipments (708-580-701, includes export of 1-4-3) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices higher. Russet burbank U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A mostly $4.50, 50-pound cartons 40-100s mostly $10.50-11.
KERN DISTRICT — Shipments (203-273-356) — Movement expected to increase with russet harvest beginning. Trading round red and yellow-type very active, others moderate. Prices long white carton size A slightly lower, others generally unchanged. Round red U.S. 1 carton size A $20, size B mostly $22. Long white U.S. 1 carton size A $18-20, size B mostly $12. Yellow-type U.S. 1 carton size A mostly $22, size B mostly $14.
SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLO. — Shipments (339-227-297, including export 16-16-**) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading cartons very active, baled fairly active, others moderate. Prices baled higher. Russet U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags size A mostly $5.50, 50-pound cartons 40s mostly $9, 50-100s mostly $10. **unavailable.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (193-162-206, includes export of 48-45-48) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading active. Prices cartons higher, bales generally unchanged. Russet norkotah U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A mostly $3.50-4, 50-pound cartons 40-80s mostly $10, 90-100s mostly $9.
FLORIDA DISTRICT — Shipments (151-153-157, including export 7-3-4) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading round red very active. Prices generally unchanged. Round red U.S. 1 baled 10 5-pound film bags size A mostly $23.75, 50-pound sacks size A mostly $20.75, size B mostly $24.75, tote bags approximately 2,000 pounds per cwt. size A mostly $40.50.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (100-98-107) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading fairly active. Prices higher. Russet norkotah U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A mostly $7.50-8, 50-pound cartons 40-70s mostly $10.50-11, 80s mostly $10-10.50, 90-100s mostly $10.
ARIZONA DISTRICT — Shipments (82-80-82) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Harvest has begun winding down.
KLAMATH BASIN (NORTHERN CALIFORNIA-SOUTHERN OREGON) — Shipments (41-31-45, including export 2-0-7) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices higher. Russet U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A mostly $4, 50-pound cartons 40-50s $11, 60-70s mostly $11, 80s $10-11, 90-100s mostly $9.
NEBRASKA — Shipments (47-32*-36) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. *revised.
EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Harvesting was expected to begin the week of June 17.
ELIZABETH CITY DISTRICT, N.C. — Light shipments expected to begin during the week of June 17 with significant volume not expected until the week of June 24. No f.o.b. reported as of June 10.
NEW BRUNSWICK (CROSSING THROUGH MAINE POINTS) — Shipments light — Movement expected to decrease as the season begins to wind down. Trading fairly active. Prices higher. Russet norkotah U.S. 1 or Canada No. 1 tote bags approximately 2,000 pounds per cwt. 4- to 9-ounce mostly $12-15.
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