While parts of Keloland eagerly await the next round of rainfall, the hot and dry conditions in Forestburg, South Dakota, have produced one of the best melon crops in recent memory.
Family-operated business Larson Melons is one of just a few remaining in melon country. A year ago, Larson Melons lost one-third of its crop to wet conditions, including a four-day span that produced four inches of rain. This summer, Kelly has seen four inches in four months.
Larson says the combination of dry weather and sandy soil made for ideal growing conditions, adding that they’ve been working since April, and three weeks into harvest are starting to see a profit. The harvest continues through mid-October.