Watermelon — F.ob.s. as of Aug. 27

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (328-268-269, seedless 318-260-261, seeded 10-8-8) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. 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 8s mostly $10, 9s mostly $9-10. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND EASTERN SHORE VIRGINIA — Shipments (340-265*-257, red-flesh seedless 329-261*-252, red-flesh seeded 11-4-5) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 36s too few sales to establish a market, 45-60s $16-18. Quality generally good. *revised.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 281-282-253, seedless 248-253-233, seeded 33-29-20; OK 12-7-5, seedless 11-7-4, seeded 1-0-1) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices seeded 28 count lower, others 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 mostly 10 cents, approximately 35 mostly 14 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (307-249-236, red-flesh seedless 269-218-215, red-flesh seeded 38-31-21) — Movement expected to slightly increase for holiday shipping schedule. Trading red-flesh seedless 60 count fairly slow, red-flesh seedless 45 count moderate. Prices red-flesh seedless 45 count generally unchanged, red-flesh seedless 60 count lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $16-17, 60s $13-15. Quality generally good.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (72-78-129, red-flesh seedless 60-70-114, red-flesh seeded 12-8-15) — Movement expected to slightly increase for Labor Day shipping schedule. Trading red-flesh seedless 60 count fairly slow, red-flesh seedless 45 count moderate. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $16-18, 60s $14-15. Quality generally good.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (117-109*-72, red-flesh seedless 102-99*-68, red-flesh seeded 15-10-4) — Movement expected to decrease as more shippers finish for the season. Trading active. Prices red-flesh seedless 36s generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 36s $16-17, 45s $17, 60s $16-17. Quality generally good. *revised.


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