KEWAUNEE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Last year many local pumpkin crops were damaged by heavy rain.
Some producers even shipped in stock to meet customer demand.
The 2012 harvest looks good according to farmer Todd Kraynik. "We are just happy that something turned out to be nice this year" he says.
At Kraynik's Berry Farm in Kewaunee County 2012 has not been kind.
"It was a lot of watering, a lot of bugs this year too because of the mild winter" explains Kraynik.
Thankfully rain in July and hot temperatures fueled a good pumpkin crop.
"Big picture is we should count our blessings. You take a look at the southern part of the state and they've got some real issues down there" says Mark Hagedorn an Agriculture Educator at the UW Extension in Brown County.
While the Kraynik's pumpkins are plentiful, it is still more than a month from Halloween. It could take some special care to keep them fresh.
"You definitely want to keep them out of a frost" explains Kraynik. "When the vines are still on and we get our first frost the vines take the brunt of the first frost. Then it doesn't affect your pumpkins. Now the pumpkins are all exposed so we have to get them picked as fast as we can".
Once you bring them home patience is key.
"You do not want to do any carving right now because it will spoil way too fast" says Kraynik.
The Kraynik's pumpkin stand is on Main Street in Bellevue, where HWY 29 turns east.