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Texas drought affecting fall pumpkin crop

By Jamey Boyum

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The ongoing drought in Texas is even affecting Halloween. Crop yields are down because of dry conditions, and pumpkins are no exception. Some roadside pumpkin stands have had to have their product shipped in from other states.

Moore Farms near Bullard, Texas has also had a tough season, but they did manage enough of a yield to open for business this weekend.

And they plan on keeping their prices the same as last year.

"I think we've abused the word drought the last two years, and I think that finally this is the right year to use the word drought," said Cleve Moore, owner of Moore Farms.

Every fall since 2001, Moore Farms has been opening its gates to the public . On the weekends you can visit and get a real farm experience.

Farming isn't easy, and this year's weather has really made it hard to stand.

"Typically we would have had about six feet of water here where I'm standing," h said.

 He's had to install an irrigation system for his crops, and the heat has caused other problems.

"Sweet corn likes to pollinate around 97 degrees, and pumpkin's is 98, not above a hundred. So, yield's down, cost is up," he said.

Forty percent down, and forty percent up, but he's still sticking to his eight dollar entry fee, and with that you get a pretty good sized pumpkin to go.

"I guess I'm going to absorb most of it this year. Farming this year has been the most expensive year of farming I've ever experienced," he added.

 He hopes it gets better soon, or next year he may have to set up a  "...desert attraction. Get some cactus and camels," he said.

He may not have water in his pond, but he still has a sense of humor.

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