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Summer heat takes toll on pumpkin crop

Norlan Hackman knew in late July that his pumpkin patch was in trouble when temperatures spiked, causing the first blooms on the vines to drop.

By late summer, the longtime farmer had lost more than half of the 70 acres of pumpkins he had planted in the sandy soil of the Missouri River bottoms near Hartsburg.
Hackman is not alone.
Pumpkin producers statewide have experienced problems similar to those that

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