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Weather causes problems for Eleva farmer’s pumpkin patch

Eleva (WQOW) — While many of us are trying to soak in the last official days of summer, some people are already planning their jack-o’-lantern designs.

However, one local farmer said he’ll have less to sell this year.

Five acres of pumpkins were planted at Schultz’s Country Barn in Eleva this year. The owner said he’ll be lucky if half of his crops turn out fine.

Duane Schultz said he’s been growing pumpkins for 62 years and this is the worst year he’s had. He blames the wet spring and recent rain for his crops not doing well this year.

“It was a better year for sand,” Schultz said. “I have three fields and one of them is sand, one on heavy ground, and one on clay and the sand did the best. So, some people have a halfway decent crop if they were in the sand but most years they dry out there.”

News 18 reached out to check on the status of several other local pumpkin patches. Fortunately, many said they are not having the same problem with their pumpkin crops this year.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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