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Pitiful Prairie pumpkins


Cold and wet weather is stopping pumpkins from maturing, courtesy Manila
Cold and wet weather is stopping pumpkins from maturing, courtesy Manila

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 25, 2010 — The cold and wet weather has Prairie pumpkins on the brink of turning into mush.

Halloween won't be the same without plump orange pumpkins, courtesy Kara
Halloween won't be the same without plump orange pumpkins, courtesy Kara

Trick or treaters might be disappointed by the Prairie pumpkins this year. Instead of the bright orange jack-o'-lanterns people are used to seeing, they're on the verge of becoming green mush.

The cold and wet weather that has inundated much of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba lately isn't helping the pumpkin patch because these fruits need lots of warm, sunny weather to grow.

The situation is particularly bleak in Saskatchewan, where farmers are struggling to harvest after months of intense flooding. To top it off, the recent bout of cold temperatures and frost is another major obstacle for agriculture.

Farmers in the province have already reported that many pumpkins are still green in the field.

However, a change of weather is on the way that will surely help mature the fruits. Temperatures across most of the Prairies are set to soar into the low 20's this weekend, hopefully bringing much needed relief to farmers.

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