Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of May 21

ALL FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (837-849-1,015 (red-flesh seedless 669-694-876; red-flesh seeded 168-155-139) —

CENTRAL AND SOUTH FLORIDA — Movement expected to increase. Shortage of availability of trucks. Most growers have finished in south Florida. Trading active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $14; red-flesh seedless-type 36s $19, 45s $19, 60s $19.

NORTH FLORIDA — Movement expected to increase. Shortage of availability of trucks. Trading active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $14-15; red-flesh seedless-type 36s $20-21, 45s $21-22, 60s $21-22. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (489-615-616, seedless 466-588-598, seeded 23-27-18) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly slow, late slow. Prices lower. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts 12-14 cents, 75-80s mostly 5 cents. Quality and condition variable.

SOUTH TEXAS — Shipments (48-164-438, seedless 40-141-385, seeded 8-23-53) — Movement expected to increase because of increased retail demand for Memorial Day. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices seeded slightly higher, seedless generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 19-20 cents; cartons 4-6s mostly 21-22 cents. Red-flesh seeded-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 28 and 35 counts 15-16 cents. Quality generally good. Shipments and prices include Lower Rio Grande Valley.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (CA 0-48-148, seedless 0-39-125, seeded 0-9-23; AZ 7-16-41, seedless 7-16-41, seeded 0-0-0) — Movement expected to increase seasonally in California and western Arizona. Trading active at lower prices. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18 cents, approximately 60 count 16-18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts 14-16 cents. Quality generally good. Central Arizona harvest expected to begin late in the week of May 28.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (116-96-55) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type per-pound 24-inch bins approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 19-20 cents. Quality variable.


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