Oct 9, 2012 5:17 PM by Lacey Steele

Drought causes issues for pumpkin farmers in several states, but some local crops are still good

When you think of October, you probably think about Halloween, good food, and of course, pumpkins!

The problem this year is the drought.

Several states have complained their pumpkin patches aren't very good because of a lack of water.

Joseph Pantaleo owns a farm in Pueblo County.

He says his pumpkins did well this year, but that's because he made some necessary changes.

They've had the Great Pumpkin Patch on his farm for about 20 years, and they didn't want to see that go this year.

"Making sure we had enough water, and therefore I had to give up other crops just to take and have the water for the pumpkins," said Pantaleo. "That was my priority. I had to reprioritize a lot of my stuff and base everything on that."

He says right now, all farmers can do for every crop is hope there will be enough snow in the mountains to get through next year, or it might be even worse.


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