Indiana farmers ready pumpkin crops for Fall harvest
Farmers ready pumpkins for picking
Last Updated: 266 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana pumpkin farmers are working hard to make sure Hoosiers can enjoy area harvest festivals this season.
Because of the lengthy summer drought, farmers had to tackle dry conditions to get pumpkin and other seasonal crops ready for fall.
Farmer Bruce Waterman said he relied on irrigation systems to make sure his 35 acre pumpkin patch at Waterman’s Farm Market would be ripe for picking.
"We irrigated the pumpkins twice. So we have a larger size this year than we did last year because last year was nature's way. With irrigation, you can control the water and we have an ample amount of water,” he said.
Waterman said using the irrigation systems cost 15 to 20 percent more in production, but he isn’t passing the cost onto his customers.
The Fall Harvest Festival at Waterman’s Farm Market will run the entire month of October.
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