Halloween fun in trouble: drought causes pumpkin shortage

SOUTH CENTRAL, Ky.-If you like to carve pumpkins, it might be a bit harder to get your hands on one of them this year. 

“Especially in the fall season this is really rare,” said Ruby Branch Farms owner Laney Snider. 

With no sign of rain for nearly a month, it’s greatly affected fall crops, including the Halloween favorite.

“We feel like our crop was probably down around 30%,” said Just Piddlin Farms owner Jill Willingham. 

Local spot, Ruby Branch Farms had to use irrigation to get water to their pumpkins

“Irrigating doesn’t replace good, natural rainfall on any kind of crop production so we definitely saw a reduced number of pumpkins produced because of the drought,” said Snider. 

But even that didn’t solve all their problems. 

“Irrigating doesn’t replace good natural rainfall on any kind of crop production so we definitely saw a reduced number of pumpkins produced because of the drought,” said Snider. 

Another farm, Just Piddlin, had problems with pesticides earlier in the season…that only work with rainfall.

“Our pumpkin patch this year is a lot weedier than normal which then kind of chokes out the vines so we didn’t get nearly as many as we have in the past,” said Willingham. 

But don’t fear, they’re doing everything they can to make sure people have pumpkins

“We did have the pumpkin fairy come last night because we did want people to still have that pumpkin picking experience,” said Snider.