HEBRON, Md. - This summer, the Eastern Shore saw record rainfall totals in several cities, which may explain why some farmers are yielding lower-than-average pumpkin crops.
In Georgetown, more than 12 inches of rain in June and in Salisbury, a record of 10 inches for the same time period. While officials say they have heard that crops have been poor due to the rain, Ralph Harcum, a co-owner of The Farmer's Wife in Hebron says that his crop survived because of well-drained land.
"There's been some horror stories about too much rain with other farmers, but we've been really fortunate with where we had our pumpkins located this year and the water really didn't hurt us as much as other farmers," said Harcum. "But a lot of farmers had issues with their pumpkins this year."
Typically farmers plant pumpkin seeds between late-May and early-July, as did Harcum. He says he planted his in mid-June.