Bumper crop for pumpkins in NJ this year

September 10, 2008 5:03:14 AM PDT
It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween in New Jersey.

Farmers and state agriculture officials say a warm, dry summer is making it a good year for pumpkin harvests across the state.

In Gloucester County's Logan Township, Ed Gaventa says his pumpkins are big, with dark handles and not much disease. A big factor, he says, is a dry summer. Too much rain can flood fields and flooded fields can lead to fungus.

Farmers say about the only problem is pumpkins in central and northern New Jersey are maturing before people are not thinking about jack-o-lanterns.

Information from: Gloucester County Times, http://www.gctimes.com