HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/16MGs92 ) 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.
Information from: The Courier News, http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com
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