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Expect bigger but fewer Halloween pumpkins after wet summer, say UK farmers

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Major producers report rot in fields due to rainfall but bursts of sunshine have led to larger than average pumpkins

Shoppers can expect fewer but bigger pumpkins on sale in the run-up to Halloween as a result of the UK’s wet summer, farmers and producers have warned.

The weather has squeezed supplies of the seasonal favourite, with major growers reporting “significant levels of rot” which have led to thousands being left to turn to pulp in the fields rather than heading for the supermarkets.

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