Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 10

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (269-243-172, seedless 261-237-168, seeded 8-6-4) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early very slow, late fairly active. Prices 60 count slightly higher, 45 count generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per-pound approximately 45 count 14-16 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality generally good.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 253-216-137, seedless 233-189-122, seeded 20-27-15, OK 5-6-9, seedless 4-6-8, seeded 1-0-1) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading seedless moderate, seeded fairly slow. Prices seedless 60 count and seeded 35 count slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 16 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14-16 cents; seeded-type approximately 28 count mostly 10 cents, approximately 35 count 12-14 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (236-272-133, red-flesh seedless 215-242-118, red-flesh seeded 21-30-15) — Movement expected to decrease as few growers expected to finish the season the week of Sept. 10. Trading red-flesh seedless 45 count fairly slow, red-flesh seedless 60 count slow. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $14-15, 60s mostly $11. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (257-218*-118, red-flesh seedless 252-217*-118, red-flesh seeded 5-1-0) — Movement expected to decrease as more shippers finish the season. Too few sales to establish a market. *revised.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (129-170-95, red-flesh seedless 114-160-86, red-flesh seeded 15-10-9) — Movement expected to decrease as few growers expected to finish the season the week of Sept. 10. Trading red-flesh seedless 45 count fairly slow, red-flesh seedless 60 count slow. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per cwt. red-flesh seedless 45s $15-16, 60s $12. Quality generally good.


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