Watermelons — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 13

DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (293-359-340, red-flesh seedless 277-344-329; red-flesh seeded 16-15-11) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 36s mostly $18, 45s mostly $17-18, 60s mostly $16-17. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (321-338-328, seedless 309-330-318, seeded 12-8-10) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late moderate. Prices slightly lower. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per-pound approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts 16-18 cents. Red-flesh seedless miniature cartons 8-9s mostly $11-12.  Quality generally good.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (448-382-307, red-flesh seedless 394-332-269, red-flesh seeded 54-50-38) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading active. Prices red-flesh seeded generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s $14; red-flesh seedless 36s in too few hands to establish a market. 45s $17-18, 60s mostly $16. Quality generally good.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 214-226-281, seedless 206-210-248, seeded 8-16-33; OK 11-10-12, seedless 10-9-11, seeded 1-1-1) — Movement expected to increase. Trading seedless moderate, seeded fairly slow. Prices seedless higher, seeded generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 16 cents; seeded-type approximately 28 count 10-12 cents, approximately 35 and 45 counts 12-14 cents. Quality variable.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (150-145-117, red-flesh seedless 131-124-102; red-flesh seeded 19-21-15) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading active. Prices red-flesh seeded generally unchanged, red-flesh seedless 60s higher, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seeded 35s mostly $14; red-flesh seedless 36-45s mostly $16-17, 60s mostly $15-16. Quality generally good.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (9-33-72, red-flesh seedless 5-25-60, red-flesh seeded 4-8-12) — Movement expected to increase. Trading active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $18-19, 60s $17. Quality generally good.

MISSOURI — Shipments (173-112-47, red-flesh seedless 134-82-36, red-flesh seeded 39-30-11) — Movement expected to decrease as growers finish for the season. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.


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