Heavy Rains Hurt W.Va. Pumpkin Crop

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - The search for that perfect pumpkin may be a bit tougher this year.

Heavy rains this summer ruined some West Virginia farmers' pumpkin crops. Kim Jackson of Kim's Greenhouse in Milton says by the time the fields dried, weeds got out of control and it became a challenge to remove them before the rains returned.

That meant some pumpkin buyers had to look outside the state for their bulk purchases.

Still, West Virginia Pumpkin Festival president Bill Kelley says there will be no shortage of jack-o'-lanterns for next month's festival.

V&J Farms co-owner Vallery Withrow in Scott Depot says rain wasn't the problem for her pumpkin patch this year. Deer were. She says her husband saw a dozen of them in their field at one point.

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