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South Georgia's watermelon crop is looking good despite, or maybe because of the dry weather.

Farmers say they need rain, but the dry weather has helped the melons avoid disease.

The harvest is just beginning. Farmers depend on migrant workers to pick watermelons.

Some farm groups recently complained to Governor Nathan Deal that the state's new law cracking down on illegal immigrants is scaring away migrant workers.

The Crisp County Extension agent says it's a little too early to know whether watermelon growers will be hurt by a farm worker shortage.

He says he'll know more in the next few weeks when more watermelons are ready to be picked.

The priced of the fruit right now is 16 cents per pound, which is higher than last year.

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