Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of June 10

FLORIDA — Shipments (1,010-842-914, red-flesh seeded 194-136-182; red-flesh seedless 816-706-732) — Movement expected to increase. Trading seedless 36 count active, others moderate. Prices seeded 35 count and seedless 60 count slightly higher, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 28s 14-15 cents, 35s 16 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s 22-24 cents, 45 count 20-22 cents, 60 count 16-17 cents. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (666-412-272, seedless 663-411-270, seeded 3-1-2) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading 75-80s very slow, others slow. Prices lower. Red-flesh seedless-type per pound 24-inch bins approximately 35 and 40 counts 12-14 cents, approximately 60 count 10 cents, 75-80s mostly 5-6 cents. Quality and condition variable.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (CA 217-189-112, seedless 186-171-109, seeded 31-18-3, AZ 59-71-234, seedless 54-64-230, seeded 5-7-4) — Movement expected to increase slightly in Arizona and remain about the same in California. Trading 60 count slow, others fairly slow. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 16 cents, approximately 45 count 14-16 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 12 cents. Quality variable.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (0-31-64, seedless 0-27-57, seeded 0-4-7) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices much lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts 17-19 cents, approximately 60 count 16 cents. Quality generally good.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (381-170-*, seedless 350-152-*, seeded 31-18-X) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early slow, late fairly slow. Supplies seedless 60 count fairly heavy. Prices 45 count generally unchanged, others lower. 24-inch bin per-pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 24 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality generally good. *unavailable

GEORGIA — Light movement was expected to start the week of June 10. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by June 20.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Light movement expected to start by June 17 with sufficient volume and number of shippers for first f.o.b. report by week of June 17.


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