Texas Pumpkin Growers Near End To Challenging Season


Despite some weather-related difficulties, this year saw average pumpkin yields and quality, experts say.

Texas pumpkin growers faced myriad challenges to produce average yields, but demand for the fall cooking and decorative staple remains high, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

Most of the state’s few thousand acres of pumpkins are grown in Floyd County around Floydada, a small agricultural town northeast of Lubbock.

Pumpkins represent a small amount of acreage when it comes to crop production, but Floydada is famous for its pumpkins. Illinois produces around 90% of the nation’s crop, but a handful of growers around the Texas town continue to produce high-demand heirloom and jack-o’-lantern standard varieties.

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