EASTERN KENTUCKY (WYMT) - Making a trip to the pumpkin patch is a fall tradition for many, but how has this year's dry weather affected the pumpkin crop?
They are a staple of autumn and you can eat them, carve them, and grow them!
“It's important to keep an eye on them early on in the season. Once they're good and established, they're pretty hearty through the rest of the season,” Pumpkin grower Stacy Potter said.
But fortunately for Potter, his pumpkin seedlings weathered the early dry conditions and were unaffected.
“It's important to keep an eye on them early on in the season. Once they're good and established, they're pretty hearty through the rest of the season,” Potter said.
Potter said that pumpkins have a root system that runs deep into the earth.
This allows them access to moisture that may not necessarily be available higher up.
That gives them an advantage over other crops when it comes to surviving drought conditions.
Selina Jarrell manages this pumpkin patch in Allen.
“In order to have a pumpkin patch and for kids to come and do activities, we have to have pumpkins here so they have something to take back from this pumpkin patch,” Selina Jarell said.
Pumpkins also survive in warmer weather because harmful elements like fungus and mold cannot spread like they normally do in wet conditions.
Meaning this year's lack of moisture may not result in a lack of fall's most prominent fruit.
Potter says farmers who irrigated their pumpkin crops have seen better results combating the drought.