SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan (KSNW) – It’s almost pumpkin season, but carving out a perfect crop has been difficult for local gourd growers.
Both owners of two pumpkin patches said the reason they have pumpkins this year is because of luck and water.
“We have a knobby pumpkin there,” Gary Bussart, Mr. Gourdman’s pumpkin patch owner, said.
Bussart said it’d been two months since his patch had received any substantial rain, and there were deep cracks in the ground, but a decision earlier in the year is now his saving grace.
“In between in our rows, it is as dry as it could ever be, but we have been really lucky with our irrigation system,” Bussart said.
An irrigation system was installed just in time to keep the water flowing and the pumpkins turning orange.
“We are going to start picking in the next couple of days and get a lot of them, not a lot, but a pretty good chunk of them out into the shade because they are ready to be picked, and if we leave them out in the field, they won’t last as long,” said Bussart.
Also planning ahead, the owners of Klausmeyer Farms and Pumpkin Patch. They said that they only planted pumpkins where they had constant water.
“Last year, we saw signs of dryness last year. We decided to share that if we can’t plant them with water, we are not going to plant them,” said Klausmeyer.
Klausmeyer said they kept their pumpkins in a constant drip system, only turning them off once this summer.
Both owners also shared that with rising inflation and the cost to grow the pumpkins, the prices for those pumpkins might be a little higher than last year.