U.S. — Shipments (not including imports, 1,903*-1,798*-1,921 — The top shipping areas, in order, were Idaho; Kern District, Calif.; San Luis Valley, Colo.; Columbia Basin, Wash./Umatilla Basin, Ore.; and Hereford-High Plains, Texas. *revised.
UPPER VALLEY, TWIN FALLS, BURLEY DISTRICT, IDAHO — Shipments (708-730-866, includes export of 12-11-11) — Movement expected to decrease slightly from July 12-18’s level, which was the second highest of the season as a few sheds expected to finish packing the week of July 19. Trading very active. Prices higher. Russet burbank U.S. 1 2-inch or 4-ounce minimum baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A $5-6, 50-pound cartons 40-70s $12-13, 80s $9-10, 90s $8-9, 100s mostly $6.50-7.
KERN DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (366-348-325, includes export of 50-59-56) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading round reds very active, russet baled and sacks fairly active, others moderate. Prices round red higher, russet baled and sacks slightly higher, others slightly lower. Round red U.S. 1 50-pound carton size A $14.45-16.45; long white U.S. 1 50-pound carton size A mostly $10.45; yellow-type U.S. 1 50-pound carton size A $10.45-12.45, size A tote bags $14-16 per cwt. Russets U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags size A $6.45, 50-pound carton 50-60s $12.45-15.45, 70s $12.45-14.45, 80s $10.45-12.45, 90s $9.45-10.45, 100s $8.45; 100-pound sacks 5-9 ounce $13.45, size A $10.45.
SAN LUIS VALLEY, COLO. — Shipments (331*-243*-249) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading very active. Prices higher. Russet norkotah U.S. 1 baled 5 10-pound film bags size A mostly $6.50, 50-pound cartons 40-70s mostly $12, 80s mostly $10, 90-100s mostly $8. Supplies are now in few hands. Shippers are metering remaining supplies to their customers. *revised.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — 2009 season shipments (127-88-105, includes export of 35-22-25) — Movement expected to decline as more shippers finish for the season. Trading very active. Prices higher. Russet norkotah U.S. 1 2-inch or 4-ounce minimum baled 5 10-pound film bags nonsize A $5-6; 50-pound cartons 40s $10-11, 50-70s mostly $11, 80s mostly $10, 90-100s $8-9.