Pumpkin Farmers Could Make Easy Money in Arkansas

October 31, 2003 - Posted at 8:45 a.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Arkansas farmers may be missing out on an opportunity to make money in the fall.

Farmers in the state devote only about one thousand acres to growing pumpkins across the state.  Most only use a few acres for pumpkins even though they can plant pumpkins after harvesting wheat.

Cooperative Extension Service horticulturist Craig Andersen says the crop can be planted in late June after the wheat harvest, and farmers can add a growing season without having to invest much on maintaining the crop.

Andersen says growers can further enhance their product by offering hay rides and other fun outdoor activities for school children and other groups in October.

But Andersen says some farmers are catching on.

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