Pumpkin Farmers See Best Crop in Years

Local pumpkin farmers are cashing in on this year's "smashing" pumpkin crop.

Local pumpkin farmers are cashing in on this year's "smashing" pumpkin crop.

Tim Assiter and his Floydada pumpkin farm have been feeling the drought's negative effects for the past few years.

He said because pumpkins are 80% water, the less rain they get the less they grow. 

However, this July, Floydada received five inches of rain during a crucial time for the crop providing perfect growing conditions. 

Assiter said although it'll cost you around 12 cents more per pumpkin you'll be getting a quality product. 

"We were actually very, very droughty during planting time and up until July when those crops really need the moisture and when they're trying to decide what they're going to do for the rest of growing season," said Assiter.  "And then that rain made a tremendous difference.  I think the quality and the color of our pumpkins are going to be really good."

Not only has the rain made the pumpkins bigger this year, Assiter said they'll also have a 20% longer shelf life. 
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