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Pumpkin crop hurt by wet June

Scottsville / Stanley, N.Y. Sunday was the first day of fall, the time of year many people buy pumpkins. This year may be the year to buy them sooner rather than later.

A wet June damaged the pumpkin crop.

Not the best year we've ever had but not the worst, said Suzanne Stokoe of Stokoe Farms, she said they lost an acre of planted pumpkins to the rain.

It was a tough growing season it was very wet, said Stokoe. We got into the fields late so it wasn't perfect for the plants to germinate, then we got that late rain and we did have about an acre of our field flooded.

I've never seen weather like we've had the last three years it's just been bizarre, said Drew Wickham of the Pickn Patch in Stanley. We've had a trying season, they got in alright and then they got a lot of rain on them and we had to replant some of them. The second planting we like to put in around the 10th of June didn't happen so, so far so good but I'm uncertain how they're going to hold up during the season.

As far as the quality of the pumpkins that are out for sale, Wickham tells us theyre good. But he doesnt know how long the season will last.

Best bet, if you want pumpkins this year buy them early.

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Washington Times