By MDN Staff 

A University of Missouri agriculture expert says the wet weather of early summer followed by a lack of rainfall in the fall has hurt pumpkin production in the state.

“It’s worse than having a drought year. At least in a drought year we can water, whereas this year was so wet for so long that we’re having things there’s just nothing there and at the end of the year there’s just nothing to water,” said Tim Reinbott, superintendent of the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center. “So it’s just been a big disaster, really.”

Reinbott said the price for a pumpkin is almost double the cost of last year.

“Also, the size is way down this year. I was just out there today and we maybe have two-thirds the size of what we normally have. The late dry weather really affected that,” he said.

One agricultural products store in Jefferson City reported they had to get their pumpkins from outside of Missouri.

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