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WATERMELON — F.O.B.S AS OF AUG. 18

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (452-536-505, red-flesh seeded 52-49-36, red-flesh seedless 400-487-469) — Movement expected to remain the same. Trading slow. Prices slightly lower. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s 11 cents; red-flesh seedless 36s 10-11 cents, 45s 11 cents, 60s 11 cents. Quality generally good.

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (273-318-312, seedless 262-306-299, seeded 11-12-13) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 count 16-18 cents, approximately 45 count 17-19 cents, approximately 60 count 16-18 cents. Quality generally good.

DELAWARE, MARYLAND, EASTERN SHORE, VA. — Shipments (349-354*-299, red-flesh seeded 2-1-1, red-flesh seedless 347-353*-298) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60s very slow, other seedless slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s slightly lower, others generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s mostly 11 cents, 60s mostly 10-11 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 274-295-288, seedless 249-257-251, seeded 25-38-37; OK 16-10-6, seedless 12-10-6, seeded 4-0-0) — Movement expected about the same from Texas and decrease in Oklahoma. Trading moderate. Prices seeded higher, seedless 35 and 45 counts lower, 60s generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 45 count mostly 13-14 cents, approximately 35 count mostly 12-14 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 12-13 cents; red-flesh seeded-type approximately 28 and 35 counts mostly 10 cents. Quality variable. Some present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments.

NORTH CAROLINA — Shipments (199-189*-187, red-flesh seeded 25-17-9, red-flesh seedless 174-172*-178) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading red-flesh seedless 60s very slow, other seedless slow. Prices red-flesh seedless 60s slightly lower, other seedless generally unchanged. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seeded 35s supplies insufficient to quote; red-flesh seedless 36s and 45s mostly 11 cents, 60s mostly 10-11 cents. Quality generally good. *revised.

MISSOURI — Shipments (195-137-93, red-flesh seeded 24-17-13, red-flesh seedless 171-120-79) — Movement expected to decrease as growers finish for the season. Supply insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MICHIGAN — Shipments (3-22-52, red-flesh seeded 0-2-6, red-flesh seedless 3-20-46) — Movement expected to remain the same. Trading fairly slow. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless 36s 11-12 cents, 45s mostly 12 cents, 60s mostly 12 cents. Quality generally good.



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Red River Valley Potatoes

Transportation challenges abound for Red River Valley potato grower-shippers

It’s almost “same old, same old” when it comes to finding transportation for Red River Valley potatoes. Freight rates are up, backhauls are not as plentiful, and every now and then, there is a moderate shortage of trucks, said Tom Campbell, co-owner and sales manager at Campbell Farms, Grafton, N.D.

Campbell said the situation this season appears typical, and he doesn’t expect any serious problems with securing transportation.

Every year, transportation is a concern, said David Moquist, partner and sales manager at O.C. Schulz & Sons Inc., Crystal, N.D.

“It’s always the same story,” he said.

The poor economy has affected sales of many products, and if there aren’t items being trucked into the Red River Valley, it becomes more difficult to hire trucks to take potatoes out.

Moquist said some products are more often being shipped by rail, which also decreases the supply of trucks into the valley.

Still, Moquist said trucking companies are offering their services to Schulz & Sons.

“They claim they can take care of all our needs,” he said. “We’ll see if they can do it.”

Because Schulz & Sons’ crop is short this year, it expects to ship only 12-15 loads a week instead of the typical 20 loads a week.

That eliminates some of the worry about finding enough trucks, Moquist said.

Northern Valley Growers, Hoople, N.D., this year has a transportation agreement with trucking and logistics company Farmers Express Inc., Becker, Minn., said Cory Seim, general manager for Northern Valley, which distributes potatoes to the southeastern U.S.

Farmers Express, which is owned and operated by the owners of shipper Ben Holmes Potato Co., Becker, is transporting all of Northern Valley’s potatoes this season.


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