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Forestburg watermelons in short supply

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A Forestburg farmer says the watermelon crop is ripe to be in short supply this year.

Shane Baysinger, of Forestburg, farms muskmelons and watermelons and says both are in short supply due to the drought. He says the melons did not set well this year and there are not as many as previous years.

Baysinger adds the melons also ripened two weeks early. He says they usually don't start harvesting until this time in August.

The dry weather hasn't affected the size of muskmelons this season. Baysinger says muskmelons are still pretty big—but the watermelons are taking the harder hit. He says the size of the melons are actually smaller than average.   

Baysinger says some people think watermelons grow better when they're dry, but that isn't the case this year.

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