Some Idaho Farmers Hit by Pumpkins Shortage
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Canned pumpkin might be hard to come by after a pumpkin shortage hit Illinois, where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown. Idaho's fields aren't immune to the problem, either.
KTVB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1La1or5 ) that The Berry Ranch owner Fred Schreffler has been growing pumpkins in Nampa since 1993 and says he has never seen such bare fields.
He says weeds have grown up where pumpkins should be and it's hurting his bottom line.
Some fields at The Berry Ranch are doing as well as they were last year, but Schreffler says other fields have only 20 percent of the normal pumpkin yield.
He told KTVB-TV that the region's extreme weather in spring and early summer took a toll on the normally hardy crop.