For the love of Libby’s, say it isn’t so! Our Thanksgiving tables might be missing the traditional dessert this year due to an impending pumpkin shortage. Though it’s best known as the “Land of Lincoln,” Illinois is also the largest producer of pumpkins in the United States, and its crops aren’t looking so hot for post-Halloween holidays.
Though there should be enough for all of your pumpkin carving contests in late October, the canned stuff could run out quickly. University of Illinois professor of crop sciences Mohammed Babadoost, who has published multiple studies on pumpkin and squash crops, said he would “buy it whenever it comes to the store” instead of waiting until right before Thanksgiving to stock up.
Canned-pumpkin manufacturer Libby is more optimistic. The company’s corporate and brand affairs director Roz O’Hearn told ABC News that the company doesn’t have a doubt that they’ll have enough pumpkin for the fall holidays, but that "once we ship the remainder of the 2015 harvest, we'll have no more Libby's pumpkin to sell until harvest 2016."
The pumpkin crops could be off by as much as a third this year according to the company, a result farmers are attributing to record rainfall in June.
Despite the company’s reassurances, it can’t hurt to stockpile a couple of the cans now to make sure you have plenty of pumpkin pie for your holiday celebrations.
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