The pumpkin is hardy and resilient enough to withstand this year’s drought, says an expert at the University of Illinois. The state is the leading pumpkin producer. “Last year, for example, data was about 27,000 acres of pumpkins. Next to Illinois would be California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and they are about 7,000 acres (each),” says Mohammad Babadoost, a professor and plant pathologist at the University of Illinois. “We grow more than 90 percent of processing pumpkins. Regarding Halloween pumpkins, it would be too high to say we grow half.”

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Western Illinois should see a below-average crop, but Babadoost says the crop should be good in Central, Northern, and Southern Illinois, adding up to “about average.”

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