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Rain Helping This Year's Pumpkin Crop

WICHITA FALLS, TX -

Texas is the 4th leading state in pumpkin production and this year growers are expecting a good crop. 

In fact, officials at Smith's Gardentown Farms say they've been getting in pumpkins since the start of the month, which is earlier than usual. 

For the past three years, growers say the pumpkin crop has been slow but the amount of rain the state saw back in May ended up helping this year's harvest. 

"This year, because they had a lot of rain up in the panhandle where these are grown, the crop is pretty abundant," Katherine Smith with Smith's Gardentown Farms said. "The jack-o-lanterns are a lot bigger than what we've seen in the past couple of years. They're really big and heavy."

Smith says the rain is even helping with the overall taste of the gourds. 

"A lot of the gourds are edible," Smith said. "People have been coming in and buying butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash to cook. They're telling us they are really good this year because the higher moisture content makes them better to eat."   

With the pumpkins being bigger, you may notice the price tag being a little more expensive because they're priced by the pound. 

Kaylee Pfeiferling, Newschannel 6 

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