Cold Puts an End to Honeydew Season

by Howard Apple­gate
     Fri­day night’s deep freeze put an offi­cial end to hon­ey­dew sea­son for Wilbur Coun­ty farm­ers. While most have had their crops in for a few weeks now, a few hold­outs, hop­ing to get a lit­tle more growth on imma­ture mel­ons, were caught by sur­prise.
     “I guess I just got com­pla­cent,” said farmer Aubrey McClel­lan, “You know with longer sea­sons we’ve been hav­ing in recent years, I just wasn’t expect­ing it.”
     The tem­per­a­ture dipped to 26 degrees ear­ly Sat­ur­day morn­ing, leav­ing a heavy white frost on the fields. Although Wilbur Coun­ty hon­ey­dews are able to with­stand cold bet­ter than oth­er vari­eties, the freeze was cold enough to severe­ly dam­age McClellan’s crop. He esti­mates about 30% will be unsuit­able for mar­ket.
     Need­less to say, farmer McClel­lan is now har­vest­ing his crop as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, in order to sal­vage as much as he can.
     McClel­lan is philo­soph­i­cal about his loss. “Bill O’Reilly said that this glob­al warm­ing stuff would be a big boon to farm­ers. Just goes to show these radio guys are as unre­li­able as the weath­er.”

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