The wet spring weather squashed the hopes of a good pumpkin crop in areas east of Nebraska. Heavy spring rain followed by a dry, hot summer left many producers with pumpkins spoiling in the field. Tim Vala owns Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Sarpy County and he says pumpkins in eastern Nebraska look good.
Vala says, “The pumpkins seem to be healthy and are holding up well. There is a lot of them there. The rain has been beneficial to us overall as we didn’t have to irrigate this summer. That saved us time and money so it was more positive than negative.”
A pumpkin grower in Indiana is giving his pumpkins the “thump” test. Vala says that means the producer is testing them to see if they are getting soft due to excess moisture. He says no matter the weather you will experience a certain percentage of soft pumpkins but he isn’t noticing it any more than normal at this stage of production. He says there are still a lot of green leaves out there but what they have been picking so far are solid.