Pumpkin Crop Thriving Despite Drought

Pumpkins have deep roots, so they were able to withstand the state's summer drought.

Despite this summer’s drought, pumpkin crops in Indiana have managed to beat the heat.

John Hackman own Hackman’s Farm in Columbus and says the drought actually killed off some disease in pumpkins.

“Actually the pumpkins didn’t do too bad this year,” he says. “They’re deep rooted, so they grab a lot of moisture. We were lucky enough to get some rains later on in the season, so we actually have a really good pumpkin crop.”

Purdue Extension Plant Pathologist Dan Egel says as a result, grocery store price hikes seen in other produce likely will not affect pumpkins.

“Consumers won’t see a difference in cost,” he says. “I think the health and the quality of the pumpkins is actually up this year from normal. There will be plenty of pumpkins; I think they will be average priced.”

Egel says if there is a pumpkin shortage in some areas, stores will be able to import pumpkins from other places in the country.

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    A pumpkin sits in a patch nearly ready for harvest.

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    A farmer in Bartholomew County says despite the lack of rain, his pumpkins' deep roots were able to gather enough moisture to stay healthy.

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    A Purdue University expert says customers should not see a price increase for pumpkins this year.

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