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Watermelon crop seeing strong year

Watermelon farmers are starting to harvest in Cordele. (Source: WALB) Watermelon farmers are starting to harvest in Cordele. (Source: WALB)
Joshua Grant is the Ag Extension Agent for Crisp County. (Source: WALB) Joshua Grant is the Ag Extension Agent for Crisp County. (Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

The watermelon capital of the world should thrive once again this season.

That is according to University of Georgia extension agents in Crisp County.

The watermelon crop is one of the biggest commodities in the city.

Agents said farmers are always concerned about diseases.

They said some farmers in surrounding counties have seen downy mildew disease, but most of the Cordele watermelon farms have not had the disease problem.

The frost a couple of months ago, followed by downpours, left some farmers a little behind schedule.

Extension agents said farmers pushed through to get their crop ready.

"A lot of our growers that were hit reset real quick and right now we are looking really good to get Florida melons out of our farmers markets and fill them up with Cordele and local melons," said Crisp County Ag Extension agent Joshua Grant. 

Agents said many farmers are already harvesting.

Others only have a few weeks to go.

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