Shortened growing season changes Oregon pumpkin crop

Shortened growing season changes Oregon pumpkin crop

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Posted on October 18, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 19 at 9:30 AM

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Oregon’s pumpkin crop won’t be as plentiful as usual come Halloween, due to a shortened growing season that ended last weekend with frost and freezing temperatures, experts said.

Many pumpkins are still green at area farms. They’re also smaller than average and vines have already been dying in fields across the state.

Typically, all the pumpkins would be bright orange by the end of September, well before the first frost.

“This is the worst year in 20 years for getting a crop in on time. They make great Oregon Duck pumpkins… right here, you have an “O” in the center of your green pumpkin,” said a still optimistic farmer, Sue Cropp, with Lake View Farms in North Plains.

Although the Oregon pumpkin crop will be smaller than usual this year, farmers said the problems have thankfully not been severe enough to cause a pumpkin shortage.

Have you visited an Oregon pumpkin patch this year?

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