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Apple crop on top while pumpkin crop drops

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EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - At Goold Orchards in Castleton the trees are loaded with apples, but at another local farm just a few minutes away, the pumpkin crop is nearly non existent. The farmers say it is all because of the weather.

"We had about a month of rain and that really hurt, and then it got really hot. It's just a lot of stress on the plant," said Chris Webb, owner of Gold Krest Farm in East Greenbush.

Webb says the stress prevented his pumpkin crop from growing this year. Webb says normally 75 acres of his planted pumpkin crop would grow but this year he says sadly only 25 percent grew. Webb has had to seek out his fellow farmers to keep his longtime customers happy.

"We brought a few pumpkins in from a few other local farmers and that's just to help supply us," said Webb.

Webb says the pumpkins that did grow are smaller and the total crop loss has cost him thousands of dollars.

"We're probably down about, around $100,000," said Webb.

Although for some farmers like Ed Miller the rain has helped his apple crop at Goold Orchards.

"Rule of thumb is that you need about an inch of water a week on an apple tree and we've gotten sometimes in one day that inch of water plus," said Miller.

Miller says the orchard has been buzzing with fall enthusiasts so far, and the business is needed after a bad apple crop last year.

"This year we have a very good crop. it's far better than last year when we had no crop. it's what I would call a full crop on this farm," said Miller.

Miller also says he grows pumpkins, but he too does not have a pumpkin crop, and is also supplying his store with pumpkins from other farms.

Correction: The pumpkin harvest for the 2013 season was 25 percent of the normal harvest which covers 75 acres.

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