Watermelon — F.o.b.s as of June 16

FLORIDA — Shipments (1,083-1,068-1,010, red-flesh seeded 164-176-148; red-flesh seedless 919-892-862) — Movement expected to slightly decrease as some growers finish for the season. Trading moderate. Prices red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 14-15 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s 20 cents, 45s 20-21 cents, 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good.

LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Shipments (293-509-595, seedless 278-465-539, seeded 15-44-56) — Movement expected to decrease. Trading seedless fairly active, seeded moderate. Prices 60 count much higher, others higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts 18-20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 16 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 28, 35 and 45 counts mostly 15 cents. Quality variable.

IMPERIAL AND COACHELLA VALLEYS, CALIF., AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARIZONA — Shipments (AZ seedless 60-155-202, CA 102-88-71, seedless 98-85-70, seeded 4-3-1) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading 60s moderate, others fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18-20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (0-74-105, seedless 0-73-101, seeded 0-1-4) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading 60s fairly slow, others fairly active. Prices red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35 count 18-20 cents, approximately 45 count mostly 18-20 cents, approximately 60 count 18 cents. Quality generally good.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (434-303-96, seedless 423-300-94, seeded 11-3-2) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality and condition variable. Light and sporadic crossings expected to continue through June 29. LAST REPORT.

GEORGIA — Shipments (0-0-22, red-flesh seeded 0-0-2; red-flesh seedless 0-0-20) — Light harvest has begun. Sufficient volume for first f.o.b. was expected by the week of June 23.


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