Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of April 30

FLORIDA — Shipments (98-257-534, red-flesh seedless 78-204-447; red-flesh seeded 20-53-87) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $15; red-flesh seedless-type 36s mostly $18, 45s $21-22, 60s $21-22. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (284-306-367, seedless 269-276-349, seeded 15-30-18) — Movement expected to increase seasonally as harvest increases in the Hermosillo region. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices 75-80s generally unchanged, others lower. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins approximately 35 count and 45 count 20-22 cents, 60 count mostly 18-20 cents, 75-80s mostly 16 cents. Cartons red-flesh seedless miniature 6s $11.95-12.95, 8-9s $12.95-14.95, 11s mostly $10.95-12.95. Quality and condition variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and previous commitments at lower prices.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (181-156-204) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly slow. Supplies fairly light. Prices much lower. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35, 45, and 60 counts mostly 22 cents, cartons 4-6s mostly 24 cents. Quality variable.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (35*-36*-14, seedless 32*-39*-4; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: south Florida. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 5s $9, 6s $10, 8s $11. Quality good. *revised.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments very light — Movement began late the week of April 23 and is expected to increase seasonally. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of May 14.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ seedless 0-0-4, seeded 0-0-0) — Harvest began in western Arizona the week of April 23 and is expected to increase slightly until the week of May 14, when harvest is expected to be fully under way. Shippers in Imperial and Coachella Valley expect to begin late in the week of May 7. Central Arizona shippers expect to begin the week of May 28. Quality generally good. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of May 14. FIRST REPORT.


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