Ohio pumpkin crop damaged by heavy rain, then dry weather

Published 10:08 am Monday, October 12, 2015

COLUMBUS (AP) — A rainy planting season and drier weather later has left Ohio with a damaged pumpkin crop, though that might be affecting the selection more than the prices consumers are paying.

Co-owner Charla Devine of Devine Farms in Hebron tells The Columbus Dispatch that too much rain led to a crop failure. She lost two to three acres of pumpkins that would’ve been sold at her farm stand.

Ohio State University Extension educator Jim Jasinski says some growers got a double punch from the weather. After the rain subsided, a dry August further hurt the growth of pumpkins, a crop that is nearly 90 percent water.

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The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports this year’s pumpkins didn’t grow to their expected size unless farmers irrigated their fields.