Dry weather may mean smaller pumpkins this year

FEEDING HILLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite fall arriving next week, it still feels like summer- and that could have an impact on the pumpkin crop. Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween anymore- particularly in New England, they are becoming more popular in foods and beverages.

With the increase in demand, there have been some worries about all this warm, dry weather we have been having. Bobby Cecchi of E. Cecchi Farms in Feeding Hills told 22News it’s important to plan ahead.

“When they’re growing, if it’s dry like it was this year, if you don’t irrigate, you’ll get a smaller one. Fortunately, we were able to irrigate. We irrigated twice so we got a decent size crop, decent size pumpkins,” Cecchi said.

Farms that haven’t been able to irrigate could end up with slightly smaller pumpkins this year. But the drier weather is still better than getting too much rain- that could cause the pumpkins to rot in the fields.

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