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Favorable conditions for supplies of Halloween pumpkins

Favorable conditions for supplies of Halloween pumpkins
In 2012, the top 6 U.S. pumpkin-producing states (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) supplied over 1.2 billion pounds of pumpkins. In 2013, pumpkin crop conditions varied greatly by region.   Wet spring weather, followed by a hot dry summer decreased pumpkin volume in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  Growing conditions in the Midwest and Western U.S. were more favorable, and growers are reporting good quality and size for their pumpkins. Overall, plenty of pumpkins will be available for the Halloween season. Illinois remains the leading producer of pumpkins, with a majority of supplies processed into pie filling. Supplies from the remaining top 5 states are targeted towards the seasonal fresh market for ornamental uses and for home processing. Demand for specialty pumpkins continues to expand as consumers look for new and interesting variations. In addition to the traditional jack-o-lantern market, there is an increase in pumpkins available in alternative colors (white, blue, striped), shapes (oblong, upright), skin (deep veins, warts), and sizes. This chart is based on data found in Vegetables and Pulses Data.

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Last updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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