Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of April 22

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (119-249-431, seedless 117-245-421, seeded 2-4-10) — Movement expected about the same. Trading 35 and 45 counts active, others moderate. Prices 60 count generally unchanged, others higher. Red-flesh seedless-type per pound 24-inch bins approximately 35 and 45 counts 22-24 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 22 cents, 75-80s mostly 18 cents. Flat cartons red-flesh seedless miniature 8-9s mostly $10.95. Quality and condition variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (180-161-135) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as Mexico production finishes and shippers transition to the Texas crop. Available supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. Most present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. LAST REPORT.

FLORIDA — Shipments (20-33-59; red-flesh seeded 4-5-8; red-flesh seedless 16-28-51) — Sufficient amount of growers to start harvest were expected the week of April 22. Sufficient volume for first f.o.b. was expected by April 29.

CENTRAL AMERICAN IMPORTS — Imports (40-35*-36) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. Movement expected to decrease. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading active. Prices higher. Flat cartons red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s $12. Quality good. *revised.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Harvest in Coachella Valley expected to begin late in the week of April 29, followed by Imperial Valley and western Arizona the week of May 6. Central Arizona harvest expected to begin the week of May 27. Quality expected to be generally good.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Harvest of hoop-grown watermelons began early the week of April 22. Movement is expected to be sporadic until harvest of open-field watermelons begins the week of April 29. The first f.o.b. report expected to be issued the week of May 6. Quality expected to be variable.


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