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WATERMELONS — F.O.B.S AS OF SEPT. 15

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (277-238-202, seedless 259-223-192, seeded 18-15-10) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices 60 count generally unchanged, others slightly higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 16-18 cents, approximately 60 count 14-16 cents. Quality generally good. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 215-166-135, seedless 189-150-126, seeded 26-16-9, OK seedless 7-5-10) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies light. Trading early moderate, late fairly active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (426-166-123, red-flesh seeded 21-8-4, red-flesh seedless 405-158-119) — Movement expected to decrease as many growers finish for the season. Trading red-flesh seedless 45s very active, red-flesh seedless 60s slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 45s higher, 60s generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 45s 16 cents, 60s 11 cents. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (317-166-90, red-flesh seeded 5-2-2, red-flesh seedless 312-164-88) — Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (149-116-76, red-flesh seeded 14-8-3, red-flesh seedless 135-108-73) — Movement expected to decrease as growers finish for the season. Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REORT.



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Kern County Produce

Cold weather slows bell pepper growth

Bell peppers in Kern County had not bloomed yet as of the third week in April, but growers said they were pleased with the seedlings’ progress.

Anthony Bianchi, sales manager for Kern Ridge Growers LLC, Arvin, Calif., said cool spring temperatures had slowed the plants’ growth a bit. However, the peppers in Kern County were not hit by freezes that struck other nearby growing regions.

“We’re probably looking at a June 1 start,” Bianchi said in late April.

Pete Belluomini, vice president of farming for Lehr Bros. Inc., Edison, Calif., said the company’s bells are developing nicely, despite a spring that has been cooler than normal.

He uses bell peppers as a rotation crop to supplement Lehr Bros. plantings of carrots and potatoes.

In Kern County, bells are traditionally planted in late February with promotable volumes available from late May to November, according to the University of California-Davis Vegetable Research and Information Center.

The Kern County pepper crop is the third of four bell crops planted in California. Growers can typically harvest from the same plants multiple times, usually 10-15 days apart, according to the university information.


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