DEERFIELD, Wis. -

As October approaches, families are hitting the pumpkin patch.

But after last year's drought, are things looking up for those who grow those pumpkins?

So far, this year’s harvest is still far from perfect but it’s still been a welcome improvement for farmers.

That’s good news not only for farmers, but for families like the Rauches, for whom a fall day often means pictures, hayrides, and pumpkins.

Beth Rauch and her daughter Brooke were on the hunt at Schuster's farm in Deerfield over the weekend for the perfect pumpkin.

And they found more than a couple.

"I think the pumpkins look really good," said Beth Rauch. "There's a lot of them."

But while the patch looks full to the naked eye, owner Don Schuster still isn’t thrilled.

"It was a tough season,” said Schuster, "so everything from herbicide not working because of the weeds, to too wet, too cold, too hot."

But he agrees that this year’s crop beats last year's.

"We got produce. Maybe not as much as we want, not as big as we want, but we got produce," said Schuster.

Eplegaarden in Fitchburg suffered the same fate in 2012 as Schuster’s.

Owners there also say that pumpkins are looking better this year.

"We had pretty good conditions for pumpkins this year," said manager Rami Aburomia. "Plenty of moisture and rain early in the season for planting and everything."

For either farm it boils down to the words of Don Schuster.

"That’s all you can say," said Schuster. "That’s farming. You take what Mother Nature gives you. You can’t change it, you can’t fight it."

With very different conditions over the past two years, the hope for next year, at least here, is average conditions at best.

The latest drought monitor shows that the dry conditions are easing up ever so slightly.

Nearly 60 percent of the state is still considered "abnormally dry," but the "moderate drought" area decreased 10 percent across the state from last week.

About 17 percent of the state, mainly in the western part, is still in a severe drought.