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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


SD Ag Connection - October 29, 2018

SPRINGFILED, IL - In advance of Halloween on October 31, many Americans will have spent time searching for the perfect pumpkins for their jack-o’-lanterns.

Although all U.S. states produce some pumpkins, the U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that six states contained about one-half of all pumpkin acres in 2012.

Illinois has consistently been the nation's largest pumpkin producer, but most of Illinois' pumpkins, nearly 80 percent, are processed for pie filling or other uses--compared to a little over 10 percent processed in Michigan.

Fresh pumpkin supplies from most States are targeted toward the seasonal market for ornamental uses and home processing.

Growers mainly produce jack-o'-lantern type pumpkins (like the Howden variety), but demand for specialty pumpkins (like White Howden, Blue, Cinderella, and Fairytale) continues to expand as consumers look for new and interesting varieties.

Initial reports for 2018 pumpkin production indicate healthy crops in Illinois and California. However, some reports from Michigan indicate a challenging year for pumpkins due to early drought, recent downpours, and disease.



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