This Year's Pumpkin Crop is a Smashing Success

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

ATKINS, Iowa - From heavy rains with flooding to drought conditions.
This years wacky weather in the midwest has impacted crops in different ways. Iowa's corn crop is suffering while the apple harvest is at a record high. The pumpkin crop is also doing well.

It's an above average year for pumpkins at Bloomsbury Farmrs. They have thousands of pumpkin, in every shape and size, in the patch ready for picking. Most other pumpkin farmers we talked to in the area say they to are having a great year.

Turns out pumpkins like dry hot weather during the day, that heat is what helps them turn orange, if the weather is too cool all the pumpkins wind up looking like watermelons. So there will be no shortage of jack-o-lanterns this year. When picking the perfect pumpkin, it turns out there's really no such thing, this is a case where beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

" They look at stems, strange shapes, if they have bumps in them that look like a nose, everyone is individual in their pumpkin picking," said Karen Peterson.

In addition to pumpkins, Bloomsbury Farms is also known for their corn maze. This year they have cut a very special design into the 10 acre maze, it's the March of Dimes logo, in honor of the March of Dimes 75th anniversary.

So you can come out to the farm, try to find your way through the maze and enjoy tons of activities for the kids. With this year's pumpkin crop being so bountiful, there should be plenty of pumpkins for everyone.
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