Healthy Harvest of Pumpkins Despite Drought

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

After a harsh summer and devastating drought, crops in the Midwest took a hit. Luckily for families visiting The Scarecrow Patch outside of Grand Island, a healthy harvest of pumpkins awaits them.

Owner Sheila Horak says despite the dry conditions, they took control of their situation.

"With the drought, we didn't know it was going to be dry. We have irrigation so we water anyway. It doesn't matter if its dry or not," said Horak.

Horak says extra watering drove up to monthly bills, but it's nothing they weren't expecting.

"There was a lot more water, it was continuous night and day," added Horak.

Aside from a few pumpkins that didn't reach full size, Horak is pleased with their turnout. That includes both crops and their visiting guests.

"We've had a really good turnout. I was surprised that people still like to come out to the country," said Horak.

Families like the Carlsons are glad the drought didn't spoil their annual fun.

Cale Carlson and his 5-year-old son David visit the patch every year.

"This is our fifth year in a row. Every year since he was born we've been coming out to the pumpkin patch. He always asks for it every year."

While the fall season isn't even half over, Horak looks forward to a future that includes more rainfall.

"Rain would be nice for next year, but if not, we can still get by without it," said Horak.

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