Ill. pumpkin farmers say this year's crop is good

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Pumpkin farmers in Illinois say this year's harvest is shaping up to produce a bumper crop.

 

Terry Goebbert's family has been growing pumpkins and selling them in Hampshire and South Barrington since the 1950s.

 

She tells The (Elgin) Courier-News that this year's harvest from her 42-acres is "wonderful."

 

Illinois is the nation's top pumpkin producer.

 

According to federal agriculture statistics, the state harvested almost a third of the nation's total pumpkin acreage in 2012. That yielded about 623 million pounds of pumpkins, which are technically a fruit.

 

Most of the pumpkins grown in Illinois are used for cooking and canning. But others are decorative.

 

Maple Park farmer Wade Kuipers attributes the good crop to a wet spring and dry, late-summer weather.

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