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Published October 11, 2012, 03:00 PM

Bountiful Pumpkin Harvest Despite Dry Conditions

In a year in which farmers nationwide were worried about not having any pumpkins to harvest the crop has actually become one of the best.

In a year in which farmers nationwide were worried about not having any pumpkins to harvest the crop has actually become one of the best.

It was almost a Halloween without jack o' lanterns. The dry and sporadic weather conditions this summer had farmers seriously concerned about their crops. But pumpkin farmers are not disappointed. In our area and most of the midwest their crop did better than ever. At Nelson's Pumpkin Patch, owner Todd Nelson has harvested nearly 5,000 pumpkins this year. Nelson says the warmer weather also led to an early harvest starting two weeks earlier than usual. The owner is happy with the crop since demand has grown over the years. What started out as an acre of pumpkins has now grown to more than ten acres which the patch does not have any problem getting rid of. The patch is open through October 31st with plenty of activities for the whole family.

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