Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of July 9

GEORGIA — Shipments (1,602-1,155-716, red-flesh seedless 1,443-1,063-662; red-flesh seeded 159-92-54) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading fairly slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 60 count slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s supply in too few hands to establish a market; red-flesh seedless 36s $13-14, 45s $16-17, 60s $16-17. Quality generally good. LAST REPORT on red-flesh seeded.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (294-340-256, seedless 252-292-232, seeded 42-48-24) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading active. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 12 cents. Quality generally good.

MISSOURI — Shipments (18-127-228; red-flesh seedless 13-113-204; red-flesh seeded 5-14-24) Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 36s $13-14, 45s $16-18 and 60s $16-18. Quality generally good.

TEXAS — Shipments (206-249-164, seedless 190-215-145, seeded 16-34-19) — Movement expected about the same. Trading seedless fairly slow, seeded slow. Prices seedless lower, seeded generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 16-18 cents, approximately 45 and 60 counts mostly 18 cents; seeded-type approximately 28 count 12-14 cents, approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 14 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Shipments (147-191*-103; red-flesh seedless 133-171-90; red-flesh seeded 14-20*-13) — Movement expected to decrease as more shippers finish the season. Trading active. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $15; red-flesh seedless 36s $15-17, 45-60s mostly $18. Quality generally good. *revised.

CENTRAL ARIZONA* — Shipments (AZ 359-233-75, seedless 351-231-74, seeded 8-2-1) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early very active, late moderate. Prices 45 count slightly higher, others generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per-pound approximately 35 count mostly 16 cents, approximately 45 count 17-18 cents, approximately 60 count (supplies very light) mostly 18 cents. Quality generally good. *revised

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (0-20-45, red-flesh seedless 0-20-40; red-flesh seeded 0-0-5) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading active at slightly lower prices. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45-60s $18-19. Quality generally good.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (0-0-24, red-flesh seedless 0-0-19; red-flesh seeded 0-0-5) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $18, 60s $18. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (0-0-3; red-flesh seedless 0-0-3; red-flesh seeded 0-0-0) — Light shipments have begun with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report expected the week of July 9.

MICHIGAN — Light shipments expected to start by July 25. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by the first week of August. FIRST REPORT.


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