Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of July 30

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (255-372-448, red-flesh seedless 229-332-394; red-flesh seeded 26-40-54) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60 count fairly slow, others moderate. Prices red-flesh seeded 60 count slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $13-14; red-flesh seedless 36s $16, 45s $16-17, 60s $15-16. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (262-251-321, seedless 245-235-309, seeded 17-16-12) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading seedless active at slightly lower prices, seeded slow. Prices seedless slightly lower, seeded 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 10-12 cents. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (41-193-293; red-flesh seedless 38-181-277; red-flesh seeded 3-12-16) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s supplies insufficient to quote; red-flesh seedless 36-45s mostly $16, 60s $15-16. Quality generally good.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 145-142-214, seedless 133-133-206, seeded 12-9-8; OK 2-8-11, seedless 2-7-10, seeded 0-1-1) — Movement expected about the same. Trading seedless moderate, seeded slow. Prices seeded lower, seedless generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 14 cents, approximately 45 and 60 counts mostly 16 cents; seeded-type approximately 28 count 10-12 cents, approximately 35 count 12-14 cents. Quality variable.

MISSOURI — Shipments (261-210-173; red-flesh seedless 224-169-134; red-flesh seeded 37-41-39) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60 count fairly slow, others moderate. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $13-14; red-flesh seedless 36s $15, 45s $16 and 60s $14-15. Quality generally good.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (115-193-150; red-flesh seedless 102-173-131; red-flesh seeded 13-20-19) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s mostly $14; red-flesh seedless 36s $15-16, 45s mostly $16, 60s mostly $14. Quality generally good.

CENTRAL ARIZONA — Shipments (96-67-46, seedless 96-67-46, seeded 0-0-0) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early very active, late active. Prices generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per-pound approximately 45 and 60 counts mostly 18 cents. Quality variable.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (0-0-9; red-flesh seedless 0-0-5; red-flesh seeded 0-0-4) — Light harvest has begun and is expected to continue through early to mid-August. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by mid-August.


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