Few ‘Great’ Pumpkins this Year?
It’s pumpkin picking time, and while you will get your fill of pumpkins big and small this year at the Circleville Pumpkin Show, going on now through Saturday, we thought this would be a great time to take a look at this year’s pumpkin crop statewide.
Heavy rain was reported in June and July, during key growing time, which affected this year’s pumpkin crop in many parts of the state- particularly Northern Ohio. Media throughout Ohio reported farmers would not see a crop as large as 2012’s huge bounty.
In 2012, Ohio farmers had a bumper crop of pumpkins worth over $23 million- a significant increase to the state’s 2011 and 2010 crops worth $16.6 million each.
Ohio is consistently ranked 3rd among states in pumpkin production. Last year, the Buckeye State produced 174.2 million pounds, up 55 % from 2011. We grew 14 % of the nation’s pumpkins in 2012. Illinois ranked 1st with 45 % and California came in 2nd, just ahead of Ohio with 15%.
So what about 2013?
Although this year’s pumpkins have had challenges with rainfall, the areas unaffected report high yields. It looks like we won’t see a repeat of 2012’s numbers, but we’ll still have a solid crop this year.
*Statistics provided by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service