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This year's watermelon harvest hurting

DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - This year's spring weather has put all kinds of farmers behind on growing crops. This time of year, the Dunklin County watermelon harvest should be in full swing, but it's not.

Agronomy Specialist for the Missouri Extension Service Doctor Michael Milam says the crop is at least 3 to 4 weeks behind. According to Miliam, about 2,500 acres of watermelons are in Dunklin County this year.

Farmer Ted Frey is a first year producer in the county, and his crop is looking good but he is about 3 weeks behind due to the spring rains and flooding. Ideally, the first harvest should be before July 4. In spite of the weather, Frey says it should still be a profitable year.

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