Farmer says wet weather put dent in Missouri's pumpkin crop

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri pumpkin growers say wet weather earlier this year has put a dent in this year’s crop that is causing shortages in some parts of the state.

North Jefferson City farmer Jay Fischer says rain in May and June kept him from being able to plant until the Fourth of July, but more rain after that forced him to replant around July 15.
Fischer told the Jefferson City News-Tribune ( that the cost to grow pumpkins doubled this year, with much of that going toward spraying to keep fungus caused by the wet weather off the pumpkins.
He says several pumpkin farms across the state have contacted him hoping to get some of his to sell to their customers because they have run out.
Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune,