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Kansas farm grows watermelons amid corn and milo season


September 1, 2017

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) — In a large field of watermelons, Renae Doggett listens.

Here in Stafford County, where the soil is sandy, there is one sound that matters. It's hard for her to explain it - the hollow tone she's discerning with every thump.

It is the sound of a sweet, ripe watermelon ready for shipment to Dillons stores and vendors across the region.

"You get your ear trained to know the right sound," said Doggett as she watched workers plucking the fruit from the vines on an August morning, and then laughed. "You must have to have an ear for it. If you stand out here on your head lo...

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