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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF JULY 21

GEORGIA — Shipments (1,263-1,057-903, red-flesh seeded 80-63-70, red-flesh seedless 1,183-994-833) — Movement expected to decrease as some growers finish for the season. Trading fairly slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 36s generally unchanged, others slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded-type 35s 11-12 cents; red-flesh seedless-type 36s mostly 11 cents, 45s 11-12 cents 60s 12-13 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (303-384-372, seedless 278-352-357, seeded 25-32-15) — Movement expected about the same. Trading seedless active, seeded moderate. Prices seedless slightly higher, seeded slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count mostly 19-20 cents, approximately 45 count mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 18 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 12-13 cents. Quality generally good.

MISSOURI — Shipments (8-64-166, red-flesh seeded 2-6-11, red-flesh seedless 6-58-155) — Movement expected to increase. Trading fairly slow. Prices lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type 36s 12 cents, 45s 13-14 cents, 60s 14 cents. Quality generally good.

TEXAS — Shipments (349-182-155, seedless 333-171-145, seeded 16-11-10) — Movement expected to increase as production increases in West Texas. Trading moderate. Prices 60 count higher, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count 15-16 cents, 45 count mostly 15-16 cents, approximately 60 count 14-15 cents. Quality variable.

SOUTH CAROLINA — Shipments (140-125-153, red-flesh seeded 18-6-5, red-flesh seedless 122-119-148) — Movement expected to decrease as some shippers finish the season. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s supplies insufficient to quote; red-flesh seedless 36s 11-12 cents, 45s mostly 11-12 cents, 60s 13-14 cents. Quality generally good.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (0-8-112, red-flesh seeded 0-0-12, red-flesh seedless 0-8-100) — Movement expected to increase. Trading red-flesh seedless 36s fairly slow, others moderate. 24-inch bins per-pounds red-flesh seeded 35s 13-14 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s 13-14 cents, 45s 15-16 cents 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (16-39*-110, red-flesh seeded 6-7*-23, red-flesh seedless 10-32-87) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading moderate. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s mostly 14 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s mostly 12-13 cents, 45s and 60s mostly 13-14 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND AND EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (0-0-17, red-flesh seeded 0-0-2, red-flesh seedless 0-0-15) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin the season. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s 14-15 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s, 45s, and 60s 15-16 cents. Quality generally good.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (0-0-0, red-flesh seeded 0-0-0, red-flesh seedless 0-0-0) — Very light harvest expected to begin by mid-August. Expect sufficient volume for first f.o.b. by mid- to late August. FIRST REPORT.



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Red River Valley Potatoes

Heimbuch adds capacity for small packs

Nearly a third of the potatoes packed at Heimbuch Potatoes go in 3- and 5-pound packs, but the family business sees room for growth in smaller sizes.

“Everybody is planning meals on the day of now,” said Chad Heimbuch, president and sales manager of the Cogswell, N.D., company.

“Everything is trending to smaller packages. Instead of 10s, it’s more 3s and 5s. Consumers are buying more frequently. People used to shop once a week and planned for the whole week. Now it’s two to three times a week.”

Heimbuch installed a new Daumar weigher and two baggers to increase capacity for 3- and 5-pound packs this season.

The company also installed a new line for C-size potatoes.

“Before, they were mixed in with our Bs,” said Heimbuch, who added that the C-sized potatoes, or creamers, primarily will be packed in cartons or totes.

Nearly 100% of the fresh-market potatoes grown in the Red River Valley are reds, which is why Heimbuch Potatoes puts an emphasis on yellows.

Heimbuch’s father, Tom, grew red, russet and yellow in the Red River Valley for years, but the family’s potato operations had been idle for more than a decade when Chad Heimbuch and his brother, Josh, restarted the business five years ago.

“When my brother and I took over, there was so much established business between red sellers and buyers, we thought yellows would be easier to market,” Chad Heimbuch said. “Yellows give us a niche in the area.”


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Marla Bopp    
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Cogswell ND  |  November, 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Iread your articule and was wodering if you have any position's open at this time?I would like to apply for work where-ever you need help. Thank-You. Marla Bopp

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