Families looking to hit the pumpkin patch ahead of Halloween and through the fall are in for a treat as 2020 look to be a bumper pumpkin crop. A good crop will be needed as strong demand is expected this fall as families look to get out of the house amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and into the pumpkin patches and local farms.
With ideal growing conditions in the top pumpkin-producing states of California and Illinois, good crops are expected. Favorable early-season subsoil moisture followed by hot and dry weather in the summer made for ideal pumpkin growing conditions.
Per USDA, canned pumpkin pricing is 99 cents per pound today compared to $1.50 a year ago. Retail prices for pumpkins slid from $5.47 in 2019 to $5 today. Farmers are also reporting higher orders for retail to meet expected demand increases.