Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of May 19 - The Packer

Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of May 19

FLORIDA — Shipments (412-471-866, red-flesh seeded 57-67-116; red-flesh seedless 353-402-750, organic 2-2-0) — Movement expected to increase. Shipping production is limited because of trucking availability. Trading red-flesh seedless 35s very active, others active. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 17-19 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s 24 cents, 45s 22-23 cents, 60s 20-21 cents. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (786-778-568, seedless 781-768-563, seeded 5-10-5) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading miniature and 75-80s moderate, others active. Prices miniature 6-8s generally unchanged, others higher. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35 to 60 counts 20-22 cents, 75-80s 12-14 cents. Red-flesh seedless miniature flat cartons 6-9s mostly $6-7. Quality and condition variable. Most present shipments of bins from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ seedless 5-15-34, CA 4-41-206, seedless 4-39-189, seeded 0-2-17) — Movement expected to increase seasonally in California and western Arizona. Trading very active for light supplies. Prices red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 24-25 cents. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (194*-197**-165**) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers have finished for the season. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. *revised, **data incomplete. LAST REPORT.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (0-0-52, seedless 0-0-52, seeded 0-0-0) — Movement expected to increase seasonally but remain light because of slow crop progress. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued the week of May 19. Additional shippers expected to begin the week of May 26. Quality variable. Harvest curtailed May 13-15. FIRST REPORT.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (24-18*-5, seedless 9-19*-2; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala and Honduras. Movement expected to be decrease. Port of entry: South Florida. Supply fairly light. Trading slow. Prices lower. Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s $9-10. *revised.


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