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With Halloween Just Over a Week AwayThings can start to look a little scary in stores. Halloween is more than just a supply crunch in stores across the country.


Now, there’s a pumpkin crunch.

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Consumers may soon see fewer pumpkins and pumpkin products and start paying higher prices for what’s available.

Drought conditions in the West have made it farming season Difficult, said a California farmer.

Farmer Joe Cates said, “In the midst of hot weather, no water, fire smoke, hot early weather, it all hurt.” “It’s been a tough year.”

However, there are also concerns about shipping, according to the American Truck Drivers Association. National truck driver shortages are disrupting supply chains across the country, so finding canned pumpkin for traditional homemade pumpkin pie can become a problem.

“Is it better to have it all in one year with something every year?” Cates said. “We just have to deal with it and move on.”

Cates grows thousands of his own pumpkins outside of Fresno, California. He has been farming with his wife, Stacey, for nearly two decades, and said their son Cutter plans to follow in his footsteps.

Cates said his pumpkin supply hasn’t been affected much, however, as other farmers in California and the West have struggled to grow the crop.

“People who have faced drought are really suffering this year,” said National Farmers Union vice president Patty Edelberg.

Heavy rain remains a challenge in other parts of the country.

When it comes to the entire harvest season, Adelberg said farmers across the country have suffered some absolute losses. He said that the western, mid-west and plains states have suffered heavy losses.

According to the USDA, the price of pumpkins has also increased. Compared to this time last year, pumpkin prices are now 7% higher, which means you can pay more in stores.

“It’s not a hurricane, it’s not a hurricane, it’s not a lot of snow. It’s the tiniest of microscopic things that can really damage your production,” Cates said.

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