"A crop so waterlogged, it's scary" by Michael Levenson, Globe Staff | September 18, 2008
Pumpkin farmers from Maine to Massachusetts are reporting that the unusually wet summer has produced one of the worst crops in years. The big ones are busting, and the rest of the crop is smaller than last year, with more pumpkins that are puny, rotted, and blighted with fungus.
Ben Nottermann, 26, who runs Ben's Pumpkins in East Hardwick, Vt., said this year's crop is among the worst since he started growing pumpkins at age 6.
"Weather plays a very large factor because pumpkins are pollinated by bees, and bees don't fly when it's raining," he said.
Or when they are DYING!
Boston received 17 inches of rain, 6 inches more than average, in the prime gourd-growing months of June, July, August, and September, according to the National Weather Service. Concord, N.H., received 22.5 inches, more than twice the average for those months. The rainfall did not set records, but it was "certainly wetter than normal," said Bill Simpson, a Weather Service meteorologist.
"I've been farming here for over 30 years, and this is the wettest summer I've had," said Vince Blandini, who lost half his pumpkin crop at Bly Farm in Wolfeboro, N.H.
That's because the COOL, WET SUMMER contradicts their lying bullshit!!!!