Pumpkin yields strong despite this year's unusual weather

Pumpkin yields strong despite this year's unusual weather

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Oakes Farm is reporting a strong pumpkin crop this year. Oakes Farm is reporting a strong pumpkin crop this year.
For some parents helping their kindergartners pick out the perfect pumpkin, it was an easy task, even with all the choices. For some parents helping their kindergartners pick out the perfect pumpkin, it was an easy task, even with all the choices.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Just two weeks ago, some pumpkin farmers were worried this year's weather would prevent big crops.

Thankfully that hasn't been the case. Some area farms are seeing a crop that's very successful.

"Our pumpkins actually grew really well this year," said David Black of Oakes Farm. "We're also in contact with a lot of other growers and I think, in our area at least, we got rain at just the right time."

But not all the pumpkins fared the weather equally.

"Honestly, the only ones we saw any issues with were the really large ones and they just take a little bit more care," Black explained. "So they're the last thing that sometimes we get a chance to get on and so luckily we did have a few of those that came up

For some parents helping their kindergartners pick out the perfect pumpkin, it was an easy task, even with all the choices.

"They just grabbed whichever one they wanted and we put it in a bag. It was pretty easy for them," said parent Cassy Gresham.

Some of the larger pumpkins were a little tricky.

"Our 50 to 75 pounders, those were the most struggle, but they need more of a consistent water than we got this summer. The other pumpkins, they got enough water, but more spread out over time," added Black.

A pumpkin purchased now should last you until it's time to trick-or-treat.

"If you cut a jack-o'-lantern early, or at any point, cut the hole in the bottom instead of the top," said Black. "Because then if there is any rot or anything like that starts to happen, it happens from the bottom, so the pumpkin itself will slowly get shorter but as opposed to collapsing in from the top."

There are many types of pumpkins to choose from white to warty to just plain orange.

If you want to see a really big pumpkin, Oakes Farm has one on display from a nearby farmer that weighs 1,051.5 pounds.

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