Midstate pumpkin patches scarce as Ga. drought worsens

Drought tough on fall pumpkins

If your Halloween tradition includes rounding up the kids and heading to a pumpkin patch to pick a big one, you may need to alter those plans.

Deepening drought conditions have made growing pumpkins extremely difficult for central Georgia farmers.

Elliot Farms on Holley Road in Lizella has a message on its phone that states it will not have pumpkins due to the drought.

This is the second year that drought conditions have forced Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley to not grow pumpkins. They're continuing to truck in pumpkins from north Atlanta so they say they'll still have plenty to choose from with prices ranging from $5.39 to $39.99.

Jed Evans at Daisy Adams Farm in Cochran says they didn't even attempt to grow pumpkins this year. "It's as dry as its ever been," he said.

Linda Wilson at Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm in Cordele said most of their pumpkins ripened in July. They tried to re-seed, but no luck, Wilson said.

The drought also claimed some of their smaller Christmas trees that they planted in the spring, Wilson said.

Conditions are pretty much the same at Twin Oaks Fun Farm in Forsyth. Like Lane, they're trucking in pumpkins from more fortunate patches for sale here. Owner Chuck Patterson said they're bringing in pumpkins from Michigan so they will be priced higher. Patterson said only 20 percent of their pumpkin stock was grown at his farm.

The popular corn maze at Troup Corn in Dublin is a no go this year. The farm posted on its website that the drought killed those plans.

13WMAZ's Pat Cavlin says central Georgia is in the midst of a severe drought. "Severe drought levels continue to spread across central GA. With little to no rain in the forecast over the next week, conditions are expected to continue worsening," he said.


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