Grow with KARE: Pumpkin crop for 2013

5:36 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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SHAKOPEE, Minn. - With a cold, wet, snowy spring followed up by a cool beginning of summer, and then a drought, many crops have not done well this season.  That is not the case for the pumpkin crop!

Peter Marshall from Peter's Pumpkins & Carmen's Corn report that the crop is the best in years.

He and his lovely wife Carmen attribute the fabulous, firm, consistent orange wonders in their 20 acres of pumpkins to a number of factors.  

He was worried because he didn't get the crop in until early June and it takes 110-120 days for that crop to mature.  

He thinks that the wet spring even though it delayed him actually did a number on the insects so he didn't have that much of an issue.  

He also is so thankful for the lack of hail storms in his area.  

The heat wave during the fair and into the first week of school was a blessing as well because before that the pumpkins were all green and small and they grew quickly and they also all turned orange those two weeks!

He also said it was his most consistent crop without breakage because we have not had a frost yet.  

The frosty nights that we typically get along with the warm September days can really wreak havoc on pumpkins and we haven't had that, the drought helped them dry out nicely and it is a GREAT CROP!

Carmen and Peter, along with their trusty Anita, have great pumpkins, great gourds, and great jams, salsa, and spaghetti sauce!  Make sure you check them out!

Belinda & Bobby

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