Cantaloupe prices similar to last year

10/31/2011 03:31:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Despite the deadly listeria outbreak, cantaloupe prices are basically unchanged from a year ago, falling from $14 in October 2010 to $13.90 this year, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Prices for fresh market apples, grapes and other fruits and beans, broccoli and other vegetables are up over last year, according to the Oct. 31 Agricultural Prices report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Pears, tomatoes, lettuce and other commodities, meanwhile, are cheaper this year.

Apple prices received by growers averaged 43 cents per pound in October, up from 36 cents last year at the same time. Grape prices jumped from $430 to $790 per ton. Grapefruit and oranges also fetched more this year than last, while prices of pears and lemons dropped. October strawberry prices, at $88 per cwt., were unchanged from October 2010.

Bean prices jumped from $62 per cwt. last October to $74 this year, and broccoli from $30 to $34 per cwt., according to the report. Growers also received higher prices for carrots, sweet corn and cucumbers.

The average October price for tomatoes was $27 per cwt., down from $32 last year at the same time. Lettuce prices fell from $20 to $14 per cwt.

Cauliflower, celery and onions also were cheaper compared to October 2010.



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Milas Russell, Jr.    
Yuma, AZ  |  October, 31, 2011 at 07:19 PM

the cantaloupe prices that are reflected in this article were short lived due to a production gap in AZ and whitefly transmitted virus that prevented sizing and normal yields. Today, Monday 10/31 prices are below last year and demand is lack luster with few promotions and mostly day to day buying. There is no demand because no one wants to get stuck with extra cantaloupes they cannot sell.

garrett patricio    
firebaugh, ca  |  November, 01, 2011 at 11:19 AM

excellent observation Milas. Equally important, many California shippers shut down their operations early due to very poor late September demand and pricing. As we continued to ship cantaloupes into October, pricing improved, but only because production numbers were down significantly and the Arizona start was slower than expected.

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