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Near-perfect weather this summer allowed farmers to grow a plentiful supply of gourds
, Buffalo News, Oct. 21.

“New York’s pumpkins are plentiful.

“That’s what state agriculture experts and local farmers are saying, just one year after a wet summer made for a spooky climate for last fall’s pumpkins. …

“‘We were pretty close to having almost ideal conditions,’ said Stephen Reiners, associate professor of horticulture at Cornell University. ‘[It was] much better this year. They’ve been such good size, good color, [it’s been a] good yield.’

“Last summer’s heavy rains and cool, cloudy weather created a bad climate for pollination, which Reiners said is key to pumpkin growth.”

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