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MIDWAY TOWNSHIP - It's been a dry season for Northland farmers, and with Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin season is a big question.
Farmers said the pumpkin patches are doing better than ever this year.
You would think the drought would've had some effect on the crop, but Farmer Doug in Midway Township says the pumpkin season is thriving this year, and just in time for the holiday.
He says this could possibly be the best growing season in five to 10 years.
Farmers start their growing season in May, and by the first of June they plant the pumpkins in the fields on plastic.
The plastic helps warm the soil and keep a steady moisture supply, this ensures a longer growing season.
The festive crop does a great job withstanding a dry spell like we've had here this past summer, mainly due to their unique root system.
They are one of the deepest rooted plants.
They can get their roots six feet into the ground, so they are rarely affected by the drought.
Although a drought doesn't affect the growing season, the frost can be very harmful.
Farmer Doug says the old adage that the pumpkins can take frost, doesn't exist.
They have already picked the pumpkins this year, and are able to properly store them for up to two or three months.
He says the best time to buy them is within the next two weeks.