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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 10/01/2011

Va. says state’s pumpkin crop looks good

Jason Sanders , left, and Crystal Barringer, look over pumpkins in High Point N.C. (AP)
A jack-o’-lantern shortage this Halloween after Hurricane Irene won’t be a frightening problem in Virginia.

That’s because the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the state’s 2011 pumpkin crop looks good.

Virginia has about 3,000 acres total of pumpkins, gourds, squash and other Halloween-related items.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) that officials say Virginia’s major pumpkin-growing areas were spared by the hurricane.

Farmers in the far southwest region, Northern Virginia and in central Virginia are reporting a normal yield for 2011 with pumpkins having good color and size.

But some pumpkins grown in the Hampton Roads region took a hard hit from the hurricane.

Farmers in the Northeast part of the country saw hundreds of pumpkin patches destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

By The Associated Press  |  12:09 PM ET, 10/01/2011

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