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Pumpkin crop to be much lower after cool, rainy summer

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Jeff Alsup says this patch is normally full of pumpkins by now Jeff Alsup says this patch is normally full of pumpkins by now
SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

The cool and rainy summer has been good for many Middle Tennessee farmers, but it's a whole different story if pumpkins are their main crop.

Pumpkin farmers say this year's crop has been the worst in years.

Jeff Alsup owns Honeysuckle Hill Farms in Springfield, where he'd produce some 80,000 pumpkins in a normal year.

"Normally they're just everywhere, a very, very productive pumpkin farm," he said.

But this year, the number will be closer to 40,000 pumpkins after rain stressed out the plants, producing disease and mildew.

"If this pumpkin patch was at the top of the hill, with all that water running off the top of the hill, it might be a little bit better. But this is bottom ground," Alsup said.

Long before Charlie Brown, the search for a great pumpkin has been a fall tradition for many families.

Alsup said he had about 20,000 children come to his farm last year, and he promises when they return this fall, despite the rain and poor crop from his farm, the kids won't notice a difference.

"You know what, we will have pumpkins in this patch. We will have to bring them in, and once all the pumpkins are picked from this patch, we will reseed it from another farm," Alsup said.

Corn is another story. The rain has made Alsup's corn crop his best ever. That will be good when the kids go through his very tall corn maze.

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