Pumpkins almost double in price after wet summer, dry fall
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Pumpkins almost double in price after wet summer, dry fall

Date: September 29, 2015
By: Melissa Zygowicz
State Capitol Bureau

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You may find it more difficult to find a good pumpkin for a fair price this year.
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Wrap: A top agriculture expert in mid-Missouri says the wet summer and dry fall is having a significant impact on the growth of pumpkins.

Tim Reinbott says he has never had this much of a problem growing pumpkins before.

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Description: "In 2012 it did that. We got almost two inches of rain at the end of August and we saw a lot of pumpkins and actually about mid October had a very good crop but were not seeing that this year at all."
Reinbott says pumpkins are almost double the price than last year due to the shortage.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

 

Intro: 
When you go to buy a pumpkin for Halloween you may find the prices are a bit higher.
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Wrap: A top agriculture expert in mid-Missouri says he is having trouble growing pumpkins this year due to the wet summer and dry fall.

Tim Reinbott says farmers all across Missouri are having the same problem.

 

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Description: "Just also the size is way down this year also. I was just out there today and we maybe have two thirds the size of what we normally have. The dry late weather really affected that."
Reinbott says the price of pumpkins has nearly doubled in price when compared to last year due to the shortage.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

 

Intro: 
Missouri farmers are having trouble growing pumpkins this year causing the halloween staple to double in price.
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Wrap: A top agriculture expert in mid-Missouri says that Missouri farmers are having trouble growing pumpkins this year due to the wet summer and dry fall.

Tim Reinbott says this is the first time he has had this much trouble growing the autumn staple.

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Run Time:  00:24
Description: "It's worse than having a drought year. At least in a drought year we can water where as this year was so wet for so long that we're having things there's just nothing there and at the end of the year there's just nothing to water for example our tomatos to try and get some more. So it's just been a big disaster really."
Reinbott says the price of pumpkins has nearly doubled in price when compared to last year.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

 


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