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Pumpkin patches growing slower due to drought

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If you look over this pumpkin patch in Mission Hill, S.D, the first thing you might notice is the walkway. If you look over this pumpkin patch in Mission Hill, S.D, the first thing you might notice is the walkway.

We've heard about the drought's effect on corn and other crops. Pumpkins have not escaped Mother Nature.

If you look over this pumpkin patch in Mission Hill, S.D, the first thing you might notice is the walkway.

Normally, that path is not there, but the vines aren't flowing like they normally do because of the drought. As a result, many of their pumpkins aren't ready to be picked.

"As we progressed into the summer and things, the heat even affected our pumpkins. There was a period of times where they just kept growing," said Rena Hebda, owner of Hebda Family Produce.

Many crops are smaller than they normally would be, but thanks to irrigation, there's one surprising sight.

"I think we have virtually the only green corn in the county because it was planted late and we have a well and we were able to irrigate the corn throughout the summer," said Hebda.

The Hebdas hope to start carving that corn into a maze soon.

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