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Melon crops progressing well

California’s spring honeydew crop is progressing well despite reported freeze damage to some early planted melons, according to the California USDA/NASS field office.

In Texas, the crop has rebounded following a rough start due to heavy rains in the Lower Texas Valley. Nationally, acreage for harvest is forecast at 4,200 acres, up 2 percent from 2006.

The California spring cantaloupe crop is progressing well.

Some freeze damage to early planted melons was reported. Nationally, acreage intended for harvest is forecast at 30,900 acres, down 4 percent from 2006.

Expected California watermelon acreage for the April - June 30 harvesting period remained the same as a year earlier at 3,600 acres. California’s spring melon crop is progressing well. Nationally, acreage intended for harvest is forecast at 38,800 acres, down 1 percent from last year.

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