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Eastern Shore Pumpkins Affected By Storm

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SALISBURY, Md. -  Heavy rain has affected the Wicomico County pumpkin harvest--with Halloween right around the corner.

"It's not been good at all," says Gaylon Adkins of Adkins Farm Market. "All that rain, when they're ready to be picked, they tend to suck up all the water."

Adkins says the water causes pumpkins to rot, diminishing his crops and profits.

Kyle Hamblin at Williams Market says the recent rainstorm had a different effect on their pumpkins. He and his team had to harvest them much quicker than usual because they were rained out for days at a time.

"Normally we'd like to spread it out over the course of four or five days," he said. "But now you have to rush in and probably in about a day or two try to pick all your pumpkins. So it rushes everything. It's been hectic."

Adkins says the pumpkin crop was already smaller than normal due to an extremely hot summer. With Halloween fast approaching, fewer and water damaged pumpkins are a concern, but both Hamblin and Adkins say they have enough, and they expect big crowds on fall weekends.

"You only have one month out of the year to get pumpkins," said Hamblin.  "So everybody still wants to get them."

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