The drought in May and June has slowed, but not harmed the watermelon crops in Georgia this year.
Many Georgia farmers have filled their fields with watermelons following a continued slump in prices of cotton, corn, and peanuts. In mnay counties across the Peach State, watermelon is one of the more popular row crops because of the prices and UGA extension offices say the alternatives are helping struggling farmers stay afloat.
Though the first couple months of summer showed a need for rain, prices of produce have remained steady as yeilds have increased and disease has been minimal. Ironically, the disease is limited because of the lack of rain this season. Watermelon prices are hovering around 15 centers per pound.
Watermelon season will end in August. They are usually a south Georgia crop and accounted for over $134 million in farm gate value in 2014.