Watermelons Of Wrath

THE WATERMELON SHORTAGE has been averted. Although this doesn't rank up there with the thinning ozone layer, a blight called watermelon fruit blotch threatened the melon crop. Melons melt into a stinking, oozing mess in the fields. Actually, legal tangles threatened the crop much more than the blight: 1994 crop damage was minimal. Some farmers sued seed companies, blaming them for the blight, and the companies retaliated by refusing to supply farms. Planting starts now across the Southwest and Southeast for next summer.

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