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Got Your Pumpkin? How the Weather Caused a Huge Shortage

15 Oct 2015, 1:31 pm


Thanksgiving and Halloween are just around the corner. If you haven’t bought your pumpkin yet, you may have trouble finding one. The rain in Illinois is causing a pumpkin shortage.

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Farmer J.T. Bandey planted some of his first pumpkin seeds in Illinois back in the 80’s. Since then, there have been good years and bad years. As for this year, it will go down as one of the worst.

“This is one of those years us farmers dream of not having.” Said Farmer Bandey. He is not the only farmer in the land of Lincoln dealing with a bad crop of pumpkins and that’s not good news.

“Illinois is the top pumpkin producing state, 90% of processed produced pumpkins are from Illinois.” Bandey explains. There has been too much rain. Some locations in Illinois received nine inches of rain just in the month of June, creating big problems for pumpkins.

rotting pumpkins

“Too much water, too early causes the planted pumpkins to die. They just rotted off the top of the ground because there was too much moisture. The ones that did make it through didn’t produce a third of what they were supposed to.” Said Bandey.

This means you may have a problem finding a pumpkin, especially a pumpkin used to create those tasty pies we all enjoy around Thanksgiving.

“The pie pumpkins are the ones we have a shortage of.” Said Farmer Bandey. But the good news is mother nature is cooperating for harvest.


For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Jason Lindsey

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