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Farm profitability and the watermelon peddler problem

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Maria Cox writes: "Many years ago, a man came to our town peddling watermelons at the local sale barn. He had traveled from Sikeston, Missouri, and hoped to make lots of money selling his produce. He and my grandpa struck up a conversation. It turned out that the watermelon sales weren’t as profitable as first thought. According to the story, the man bought them for $1 per batch, but sold them for 75 cents. My grandpa asked him what he was going to do, and the man replied, "I’m going to buy a bigger truck." more

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