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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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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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