Wet weather sparks pumpkin picking problems

Torrential rains and flooding are making for some tricky pre-Halloween pumpkin picking, according to southwestern Connecticut farmers.

Pumpkins are planted in the first week of June, farmers say. Some even say they?re producing 80 percent fewer pumpkins this year due to the rotten weather.

?Some areas did get more water in spring and June. Therefore it was raining during the blossom time. You don't get as much pollination,? says Irv Silverman of Silverman?s Farm in Easton.

Silverman says the warmer and drier than average fall has made for perfect pumpkin picking weather, so customers are coming out in droves. However, the demand is greater than the supply.

Pumpkins this year tend to be smaller on average and a lot harder due to the wet weather.

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