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Pumpkins flourished despite poor weather

Cold, wet spring failed to deter growers

6:00 PM, Sep. 29, 2013
Mary Hammernik, right, picks out a pumpkin with her husband, Derek, who is holding their son, Emmett, at Altenburg's Country Gardens LLC, Wisconsin Rapids.
Mary Hammernik, right, picks out a pumpkin with her husband, Derek, who is holding their son, Emmett, at Altenburg's Country Gardens LLC, Wisconsin Rapids.
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Although conditions weren't ideal for pumpkin crops this year, growers say people don't need to worry about finding that perfect jack-o'-lantern or pie pumpkin.

Farmers had a difficult time getting pumpkins planted because there was a wet spring, said A.J. Bussan, associate professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, once planted, the pumpkins seemed to have done well, he said.

"I've started to see them show up on roadside stands," Bussan said. "I've seen some huge ones out there." ...

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