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Pumpkin crop outlook in Minnesota


MANY PEOPLE GETTING INTO THE FALL SEASON. THE WET AND RAINY WEATHER HAS TAKEN A TOLL ON CROPS AND THAT INCLUDES PUMPKINS. MARY MCGUIRE WITH THE CBS STATION IN MINNEAPOLIS TALKS WITH ONE FARMER ABOUT THIS YEARS HARVEST. IF APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS… A PUMPKIN! …THEN OCTOBER RAIN MUST MAKE JACK-O- LANTERNS. LIKE THIS ONE? THAT ONE YOU LIKE? YEAH! OH YEAH. AT WALDOCH FARM IN LINO LAKES, THE RAIN FORCED LIAM AND HIS DAD TO PICK OUT A PUMPKIN INSIDE. THIS YEAR’S WET WEATHER OUTSIDE HAS HAD A SLIGHT IMPACT ON THE CROP, NAMELY A COUPLE MONTHS AGO WHEN PLANTS WERE GROWING. APUMPKIN BLOSSOM BLOOMS FOR ONE MORNING. IF THEY DON’T GET VISITED BY 9 BEES IN THAT MORNING YOU WON’T HAVE A UNIFORM PUMPKIN. THE WET WEATHER CAN ALSO POSE PROBLEMS WHEN IT COMES TO WEEDS. THE RAIN OF COURSE IS GREAT TO HELP PLANTS GROW BUT IT CAN ALSO HELP WEEDS GROW WHICH MEANS THEY MAY CHOKE OUT SOME OF THE HEALTHY PLANTS 49 BUT PUMPKINS ARE HEARTY FRUITS AND THEY CAN TAKE A LOT, AS LONG AS THE TEMPERATURE DOESN’T DIP BELOW FREEZING. WALDOCH FARM IS ALSO LOCATED ON THE ANOKA SAND PLAINS, WHICH MEANS THE EFFECTS OF A BIG RAIN STORM CAN DISAPPEAR QUICKLY. WE DON’T HAVE AS MANY PUDDLES IN THE FARM BECAUSE OUR SOIL ASORBS IT 35 WHEN IT COMES TO PICKING OUT A HEALTHY PUMPKIN THAT WILL LAST, JOYERS SUGGESTS USING YOUR EYES FIRST. THE DEEP ORANGE ONE MIGHT LAST LONGER THAN THE BRIGHT ORANGE IT MEANS THE SKIN HAS HARDENED OFF A LITTLE BIT MORE. MARY MCGUIRE REPORTING. SPEAKING OF PUMPKINS… TODAY IS NATIONAL PUMPKIN SEED DAY. IT IS OBSERVED EVERY YEAR ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY IN OCTOBER. SO IN ANTICIPATION OF TRICK OR TREATING — YOU CAN TIDE YOURSELF OVER WITH A HANDFUL OF PUMPKIN SEEDS AS A NUTRITIOUS SNACK. STILL TO COME ON KELOLAND THIS MORNING…

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