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Pumpkin crops struggling

QUINCY (WGEM) — 40 days until the first day of Fall. If you’re looking forward fall activities like pumpkin picking, local farmers said they need more rain and hotter temperature.

Mike Roegge, owner of Mill Creek Farm in Quincy, said their pumpkins started wilt last week before the rain came. He said this caused them to install a drip irrigation system they had to run for 24 hours. If the forecasted rain unfolds this weekend, he said he won’t have to turn it back on. He added his crops are already behind schedule due to too much rain at the start of the season.

“Right after we planted our pumpkins, the normal time, the 10th of June or so, we had 6 inches of rain,” said Roegge. “Which meant, we lost most of what we planted, so we couldn’t get back in the field again to plant until two weeks later.”

Roegge added the seasonably cool temperatures are not helping conditions either.

“The warmer temperatures we had early kind of allowed for the crop to catch up, but these cooler temperatures with highs in the 80s or 80 is not good for development, because you want some heat to grow those pumpkins,” Roegge said.

Roegge said the weather has not been kind to tomatoes either. He said he is having a hard time getting them ripen correctly.


Chelsea Smith

Meteorologist Chelsea Smith is part of the WGEM Storm Track Weather team.

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