With Fall in full swing, pumpkins are in demand, but Central Missouri is seeing more rotten pumpkins this year. Erica Coghill has more from the state capital.
Wrap: Heavy rainfall hit some Missouri crops hard last year, causing the pumpkins to rot.
Ag Professor, David Trinklein says it's the same case for Central Missouri this year.
Co-owner of Hartsburg's Hackman Farms, Jo Hackman, says out of their 35 acres of pumpkin crops, they've lost a total of 25.
|Description: "I would say other than when we had the 93 flood when we had no pumpkins, uh, I would say this ranks as the, ya know, the highest loss, probably."|
Professor Trinklein says the excessive rain in Central Missouri is to blame for the pumpkin losses.
He also says pumpkins are pollinators and in rainy conditions, insects aren't able to transfer pollen as efficiently.
Reporting from the state capital, I'm Erica Coghill.
Missouri's Agriculture Department says the heart of Missouri's pumpkin patches is seeing more rotten pumpkins this year. Erica Coghill has more from the state capital.
Wrap: Last year's wet conditions led to rotten Missouri pumpkins and it's no different this year.
Ag Professor, David Trinklein says Central Missouri is short on their pumpkin crops.
He says despite Missouri's three past wet and unfortunate years for vegetable growers, farmers growing vegetables requiring irrigation have it worse off.
|Description: Pumpkins, I think, um, probably in most cases have a rather, a low margin of profit, but on the other hand, um, there's not a lot of input into them, so that, um, perhaps the loss isn't all that great if you only have half of a crop this year.|
Trinklein also says he hasn't heard of any pumpkin crops suffering a total loss with their yield, just some disappointment.
From the state capital, I'm Erica Coghill.
With Halloween weeks away, some of Missouri's pumpkin crops are seeing rotten pumpkins. Erica Coghill has more from the state capital.
Wrap: Last year's Missouri pumpkin crops were rotten, and the verdict is the same for this year's crops.
Ag Professor, David Trinklein says Central Missouri's pumpkin crops are disappointing and wet weather conditions are to blame.
Trinklein hasn't observed Northern or Southern Missouri pumpkin crops, but co-owner of the Rombach farm in Chesterfield, Marsha Rombach says they've had no problems with their crops.
|Description: For this year they're gorgeous, vibrant, orange, big, nice big pumpkins out in the field, talking to other people we know across the country though, that large crop doesn't look like it's doing well.|
She says between the economy and weather, last year was a bad year for their pumpkin crops. From the state capital, I'm Erica Coghill.