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Pumpkin farmers struggle to produce plump harvest due to drought

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Candle-lit Halloween pumpkins. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

This upcoming Halloween you might notice pumpkins looking a little less plump. Well, that's because they are. The ongoing drought and late heat waves have hit pumpkin farmers particularly hard this year.

Several farmers have had to fallow their fields and invest what little water they have on more important crops like almond trees. The recent heat waves have also caused pumpkins to ripen quicker than usual. John Boss is a farmer at Dutch Hollow Farms in Modesto. He's been growing pumpkins since 2006 and says his pumpkins are significantly smaller than other years. 

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