Smaller pumpkin crop in Ohio

Pumpkins_Fall 002 (1)_webPumpkins are on the list of Ohio crops that have faced challenges in 2015.

Jim Jasinski, Extension educator and coordinator of the Integrated Pest Management Program at Ohio State says too much rain early, followed by a late dry spell has caused significant problems for pumpkins at both ends of the growing season.

“I think we are looking at a short crop this year,” Jasinski said. “Anywhere from 100% loss for some growers, but if we look statewide I’d say the crop is going to be down maybe upwards of 20 percent.”

The Extension educator does not expect the smaller pumpkin crop to significantly impact pumpkin prices, but he recommends not waiting until the last minute to get your pumpkin this year.

Ohio is one of the top five producing states of the large, carving type pumpkins, generating $15 to $20 million each year.

Audio: Jim Jasinski, Extension educator, Ohio State University

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