Rotten Pumpkin Festival Luck
HARTSBURG - With fall in full swing and the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is just weeks away, but Mid-Missouri pumpkin patches are having rotten luck. A lot of moisture and heavy rainfall are to blame for the rotten pumpkins.
Jo Hackman, co-owner of Hartsburg's Hackman Farms says pumpkin crops were bad last year, but they're even worse this year.
"That is normally very good land to plant anything on, but when the river is up, any land that is near the Missouri River will get seep water, if ya know, if the water is up high enough, and it just stayed high all summer," stated Hackman.
University of Missouri Agriculture Professor Dave Trinklein said pumpkins are pollinators and all of the rain made it difficult for insects to pollinate as efficiently. He also said of the central missouri pumpkin patches he's seen, none of them are a total loss, just dissapointing.
On the other hand, northern and southern missouri pumpkin patch owners and they say they've had beautiful crops.