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South-eastern US: Rain affects watermelon harvest
Although there's still plenty of watermelons being shipped up to places as far as Canada, the well above average amount of rainfall in North Central Florida the past few months has started to make watermelon farmers lives more difficult. It has been especially difficult to get the melons where they need to be. So much so, we will see it in the price of watermelons this summer.
Trevor Bass, owner of Bass Farms Inc. described this season so far as: "The farming season has been very challenged this time, to say the least." This is mostly due to all the rain in the past two months. Not only does the extra water make diseases spread easier but affects the harvest process itself.
Bass: "The melons draw in too much water and start popping sometimes and the harvest is more aggravating as well we got to pull the schoolhouses and trucks with tractors through the mud and things like that. These difficulties mean a few fewer melons, making your store-bought watermelons pricier.
Furthermore, as reported on wcjb.com, recent federal rule changes for truck drivers force them to take 10 hours off for every 11 hours on the road, which also contributes to higher prices.
Publication date: 6/12/2018
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