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By Len Kiese - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - After a slightly sour start, South Georgia watermelon farmers hope the season will end up sweet.

Too much rain caused a planting delay. Spring wind and rain damaged some of the crop but the Farmer's Market in Crisp County is now busy with summer buyers and sellers.

Some farmers say they lost 25 to 50-percent of their crop. Trey Williams from Camilla lost about 2-acres but sales are off to a good start and he hopes he won't lose money.

"I hope not," said Williams, "I hope not. Maybe a little bit. I think we're seeing about a 10-percent loss on our yield."

"A lot of rain kind of hurt them early on. We got several bad ones out of the first crop but we think this next load here is going to be pretty good," said retailer Greg Smith.

This is Smith's third trip to Georgia from Kentucky. He says this time of year they rely on Georgia watermelons.      

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