Heavy rains impact local pumpkin farmers

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – There’s no doubt about it, it’s been a wet summer. Storms Thursday caused flooding in the region – and quite a few farms took a hit.

This year, Rochester sits just over half of an inch away from the wettest year – 43.94 inches – which dates back to 1990. Currently, the rain totals are at 43.29 inches.

Even with those rain totals, Fred Kappuaf of Sekapp Orchard, he doesn’t think there will be a shortage on pumpkins this year.

Fred Kappauf.Kappuaf says he had a slow start to the planting season, but isn’t worried about his patch flooding.

He says his crop was hit with about five inches of rain just this week, but is confident they’ll dry up and be ready for the picking.

“You know, there’s always spoilage in the fields, bugs get in them, critters take a bite of them, you have some waste, but I think this year looks good so far,” Kappuaf said. “If the ground dries up nicely, like I think it will, we shouldn’t see a lot of spoilage.”

Kappuaf says with the late planting, it will be just a couple of weeks until folks see fields of orange.

Beret Leone

Beret Leone

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