2008-10-02 / Local & State

Dry, Cool Weather To Lead To Smaller Pumpkins

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - This news might strike a gourd with pumpkins lovers.

Pumpkins grown in Pennsylvania are expected to be smaller in size this fall, due to dry, cool weather across the state in late July and August.

Penn State vegetable crops professor Mike Orzolek (OR-zuh-lek) says the size difference will be especially noticeable in medium-tolarge size pumpkins - those that would typically range from 18 to 25 pounds.

Orzolek says the quality of pumpkins, on the other hand, should be good to excellent, with healthy color and shape.

Pennsylvania ranks as the second largest pumpkin grower in the country, with about 8,000 acres planted.

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