LOUISBURG, Mo. --With Halloween right around the corner picking the perfect pumpkin is on the minds of many families, but some local patches say they are seeing a shortage this year.
The owner of the Louisburg Cider Mill off of Highway 68 says they have about 1/4 less pumpkins because of the weather.
Farmers say the shortage is because of the heavy rainfall over the summer, and the plant itself doesn’t like to have a lot of water.
“This year, we have had too much rain,” VP of Operations at the cider mill Tom Schierman said. “It causes deterioration of the pumpkins in the field and that is what has made the crop not as big as some years.”
Farmers also say this kind of shortage is very uncommon and only happens about every 10-15 years.
FOX4’s Nicole DiAntonio checked in with pumpkin patches across the metro and they say in addition to the rain the temperature has also played an impact this year.
If you are looking to visit an area pumpkin patch don't worry there will still be pumpkins. Some say they have been in contact with states out west to fill the void.