“As a whole, south Florida has a decent crop this year,” he said in mid-April. “The market is high and we need to get the market to come down a little to get the movement.”
In late April, grower-shippers reported 28-30 cents a pound for red flesh seedless watermelon.
On April 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported 24-inch bins per cwt. of red flesh seedless from south Florida selling for $28-30 for 45s and 60s selling for $28.
That’s higher than last year when the USDA in its first season report in late April reported 36s and 45s selling for $19-20 with 60s fetching $16-18.
In mid-April, the USDA reported 24-inch bins of 35, 45 and 60 counts from Mexico crossing into Texas selling for 28-30 cents a pound.