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Minnesota pumpkin crop weathers drought

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Farmers across the metro are celebrating a successful pumpkin crop this season, but they hope the weather doesn't keep the customers from coming to buy some.

At Peterson's Produce in Delano, Alan Sterner is one of many farmers across the state who was worried earlier in the season.

"We were worried because of the weather during our planting season and whether we were going to get enough rain, but we did get timely rain. We are dry, but we got enough rain. The crop is really a nice crop, a nice size. A lot of good, quality pumpkins out there," Sterner said.

Yet, even though the crop weathered the drought, farmers say customers aren't necessarily fans of the current weather. Just a week ago, summer-like temperatures kept customers away from local patches. Now, farmers say it's too cold.

"This is all about the weather. Just like today, nobody is shopping because it's cold," said Sterner. "It's too dry until it's too wet. That's it."

Sterner said the drought has helped keep some of the weeds away which takes pressure of the vines, but he's already thinking about other concerns.

"Maple syrup -- we are talking about whether we are going to maple syrup next year," he said. "It'll be the second year going into a drought going into the fall."

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