Carolina peach, watermelon production begins late

07/23/2013 04:45:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“Though we started in our normal timeframe on June 25, we’re just now getting into volume,” he said July 23. “We have better quality now that we’re through with the first plantings. Quality is looking good even with the rainy weather we’ve been having.”

Solana said Jackson’s plans to ship promotable volume through mid- to late August and expects steady shipments to run through September.

He said Delmarva growers began production July 22 and said Indiana and Missouri growers had started.

In late July, the USDA reported these per-pound prices for 24-inch bins of red flesh seedless watermelon from South Carolina: 16 cents for 36s and 60s and 16-17 cents for 45s.

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