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May 31, 2005

Lee County- May's dry weather may make it hard to get your hands on a good watermelon for fourth of July celebrations this year.

Tuesday's rain was desperately needed by watermelon growers. It's been too dry for the crop in the past month and many of the melons were already behind because wet weather delayed planting. Many farmers say their melons won't be ready for the fourth of July. Danny Farrow's crop in Lee County should be ready just in time.

"It's gonna be probably within the next 14 days, I'll start harvesting watermelons and by the week before the fourth, I'll be wide open," Farrow said.

Many watermelon farmers cut back on their crop this year because too much rain last year left many with diseased watermelons.

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