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May 29, 2006

Albany--  Some believe you can't have a good holiday barbecue without a watermelon, but you may have to pay a little more for one right now.

Peaches, cantaloupes and watermelons are good indicators that the summer season has arrived. Georgia watermelons aren't quite ready, but produce stands, like the one Woody Kearce operates, can still get them in from Florida.

He says even though South Georgia hasn't seen much rain this year, it shouldn't hurt the crop. "It would be a problem for the growers that don't have irrigation. Most of the people in that business now has irrigation and they grow a quality product."

Kearce is charging about three to five dollars a watermelon. He says prices should drop after the holiday and after the Georgia crop is ready, which should be in about 10 days.

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