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Pumpkin yield a bright spot despite drought


Its been a re-occurring theme for the past several months, the continued effects of the drought. But, pumpkin farmers say they expect their crop to be one of the few bright spots in a year when most farms have been hard.

Illinois is actually the leading pumpkin producer in the nation.

But this year, different parts of the state are seeing better gourds depending on the amount of rainfall.

Believe it or not, pumpkins are one of the things that thrive in dry weather. They hold back fungus, mold and other rind-rotting diseases.

But as Mike Roegge, the owner of Mill Creek Farm explains, it may have been almost too dry this year. "We got them planted at a good time. Unfortunately, it never rained all summer long and the pumpkins we irrigated are really nice. The pumpkins we couldn't irrigate are a rather short crop," said Roegge.

Mill Creek Farm has been open for several weeks now and has already seen a steady flow of customers.

"The stacked pumpkins, the flat pumpkins of different shades, different colors...those have been very popular. We've seen people come out and really look for those type of pumpkins. I think home decorators and so forth are showing how they could be used in decorating," said Roegge.

Because it's about an average crop this year, Roegge says you're most likely not going to see an increase when you go to buy a pumpkin.

For more information on Mill Creek Farm click http://www.millcreekfarmquincy.com/.

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