SALISBURY, Md. (WBOC/AP)- There should be enough pumpkins for Halloween this year but that might not be the case for the canned pumpkin used in pies come Thanksgiving.
"I would not wait until Nov. 20," said Professor Mohammad Babadoost, a crop expert at the University of Illinois, referencing the Nov. 26 holiday. "I'd buy it whenever it comes to the store."
Gaylon Adkins, of Adkins Farm Market in Salisbury, said the yield for pumpkins on his farm this year was above average, despite last week’s rain.
“The rain later helped out because we were able to get most of our pumpkins picked,” Adkins said. “We feel fairly safe that we're going to have enough pumpkins to get through this year.”
Good yields are not the case nationwide. Large canned-pumpkin manufacturer Libby said yields could be off by as much as a third this year in Illinois, where about 90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. come from within a 90-mile radius of Peoria.
Libby's corporate and brand affairs director Roz O'Hearn said the company, which has had a central Illinois pumpkin-processing plant since 1929, is confident it will have enough pumpkin for autumn holidays.
But, she said, "Once we ship the remainder of the 2015 harvest, we'll have no more Libby's pumpkin to sell until harvest 2016."
Farmers are blaming record rainfall in June for washing out the crop.