Slim pickings ahead for pumpkin patches

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

It may be slim pickings at pumpkin patches this fall.

Dry, hot weather has hurt the annual crop across the country.

That means you can expect pumpkins to be in short supply and cost more this fall season

At corn crib nursery in Coal Valley, Illinois, extreme weather nearly wiped out their entire homegrown crop.

Owners of the nursery say that could cause prices to jump up to 30 percent.

Another owner of nearby country corner in Alpha, Illinois, says he's keeping pumpkin prices at 2011 levels.

Owner Bruce Curry battled drought with special seeds, drip irrigation and constant care for his 15 varieties of pumpkins.

While drought drives up the cost of growing pumpkins, it will likely cut into sellers.


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  • by Szabla Location: Location on Sep 19, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    This is the first time I have tried growing pumkins and they grew well. My grand children will have a blast carving them.
  • by Sonny Location: Location on Sep 19, 2012 at 06:45 AM
    Oh Great! now the price of gas will go up even more!
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