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BIXBY, Okla. – Don Carmichael has been helping Green Country families create memories at his patch for 36-years.

But the recent drought is making it harder to keep up with the growing prices to farm the fall treasures.

“Anytime it’s dry we had several acres that we didn’t plan or water and we lost quite a bit to the drought,” said Carmichael. “You may have a shorter crop, but this year if you didn’t have water you just didn’t make anything.”

Last year it was worse he says.

He’s purchased gourds from other states but last year it was a lot more difficult to get your hands on them.

He estimates he lost about $30,000 on 40 acres that didn’t get enough water.

“A lot of the new…”
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