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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF APRIL 14

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (416-623-706, seedless 414-622-704, seeded 2-1-2) — Movement expected about the same. Trading approximately 35 to 60 counts fairly active, 75-80s moderate, Miniature slow. Prices bins higher, miniature 6s lower, others generally unchanged. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 35, 45 and 60 counts mostly 14 cents, 75-80s mostly 10 cents; red-flesh seedless miniature flat cartons 6s (supplies heavy) $4-6, 8-9s mostly $8. Quality variable.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (190-211*-202**) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active at lower prices. Prices lower. Red-flesh seedless-type 24-inch bins per pound approximately 36 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 18 cents. Quality variable. *revised **data incomplete

FLORIDA — Shipments (1-38-110, red-flesh seeded 0-12-28; red-flesh seedless 1-25-82) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 20-22 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 45s 23-24 cents, 60s 23-24 cents. Quality generally good.

CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (65-53*-51, seedless 5-8*-4; seeded 0-0-0) — Imports via boat from Guatemala and Honduras. Movement expected to be about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Supply fairly light. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons flat red-flesh seedless miniature 6-8s $10-10.95. Red-flesh seedless cartons 4s mostly $13-14, 5s mostly $14-15. *revised.



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Kern County Produce

Beet leafhoppers could mean trouble in Kern County

The weather has been relatively kind to Kern County growers so far this year, but vegetable crops are under threat from beet leafhoppers this spring.

Joe Nunez, farm adviser for the University of California-Davis Extension Office in Kern County, said the state agriculture department is reporting the small green bugs are at high levels in the foothills and the valley near growing fields.

beet leafhopperCourtesy USDASize doesn't matter when it comes to beet leafhoppers. The green bugs measure only about one-eighth on an inch long, but the curly top virus they carry is a big worry to vegetable growers. “As the hills dry the beet leafhoppers will start migrating down to the veggies and possibly vector curly top,” Nunez said.

In late April, Nunez predicted the severity of the problem would be known in a few weeks.

Although tomatoes are traditionally a favorite with the beet leafhoppers, the bugs also feed on potatoes and the foliage of other vegetables. The bugs’ feeding damages plants, but the larger danger is from the curly top virus, which they carry.

The virus causes tomato and potato plant leaves to turn yellow, curl and often create a purple color in leaf veins and stems. Growth is stunted and the plants’ stems become stiff. The tomatoes and potatoes of infected plants are generally deformed.


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