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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

Carrot crop should arrive on time; prices stable

Carrot plantings in Kern County are on schedule, with growers reporting a regular start to harvest in the second week of May.

“The Kern County crop looks fabulous,” said Scott LaPorta, chief operating officer for Bolthouse Farms Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.

LaPorta said Bolthouse planted more acres this year. He said demand is “nicely above” last year and predicted stable prices through the spring and summer.

“We’re starting to move out of the Imperial Valley now,” LaPorta said April 18. “We’re moving north and should be in Kern County around the second week of May.”

Similar reports came from Andrew Bianchi, sales manager for Kern Ridge Growers LLC, Arvin, Calif. He said the quality and volume of the carrot crop is looking very good.

“The size may be a little down, but the quality is high,” Bianchi said.

Pete Belluomini, vice president of farming for Lehr Bros. Inc., Edison, Calif., agreed the Kern County carrot crop is in fine shape. Lehr Bros. grows organic carrots for Kern Ridge Growers. Lehr Bros. also grows conventional carrots as well as thin-skinned and specialty potatoes and bell peppers.


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