Many farmers have felt the impact of the severe drought, but one grower says his crops turned around for the better a few weeks ago.
Chet Dudzinski is the owner of The Pumpkin Patch near Syracuse.
He’s been growing pumpkins for over 30 years, and says it was definitely a hit or miss issue this year.
The fate of the pumpkins depended on where you grew it and when you planted it.
“I never expected the pumpkins to grow as well as they did,” he said. “I walked around back in August and I actually got a little nervous because I didn’t really see any pumpkins, and then we did get a little bit of rain and then it did get warm and then all the sudden I had some pumpkins.”
Dudzinski says his patch weathered the abnormally dry conditions because he got the seeds in the ground at the right time.
Although his pumpkins turned out well this season, he says most of the pumpkins are a third smaller than they normally would be.