Sep 17, 2012
Savvy farmers save pumpkin crop, Halloween

It took some creative thinking and extra labor, but area farmers rescued their 2012 pumpkin harvests from the ravages of severe drought. Yes, there will be a happy Halloween.

At Maize Valley Farms and Winery, 6193 Edison St. NE in Marlboro Township, Ohio, Bill Bakan pronounces his crop “excellent.

“We had the right timing and good fertility. “The pumpkin has a very large seed full of carbohydrates. If you can limit the disease pressure, it can weather the storm,” he said.

“Every field is a home run, especially our 15-acre one.”

His prices are about the same as last year, $2 to $40 (for a huge “trophy” pumpkin). He’s set for opening today with his new, GPS-generated corn-field maze and other features. Canton Rep

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