Pumpkin crop benefits from dry August

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Pumpkin Harvest Young's Dairy

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This year could yield an unusually high crop for local pumpkin farmers.

This summer’s weather had created perfect growing conditions for this fall favorite.

There will be thousands of pumpkins at Young’s Jersey Dairy near Yellow Springs.

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Farm manager Stuart Young said the 22 acres of pumpkins are ready for picking.

“Good color, ribbing, shape,” Young said. “You want to be able to carve a Jack-O-Lantern face in it.”

Young said the 2015 and 2016 pumpkin seasons were not ideal due to too much rain. Because pumpkins like drier weather, this season will be much better.

“We had good pollination, the bees did their thing,” Young said. “Plenty of rain, less disease, and because we had a cool August, it’s perfect for the growing season.”

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Young said pumpkins though can get sunburn so they will keep a close eye of the crop this week.

“Just cross your fingers and ask for a little cloud cover,” Young said.

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