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Data: Majority of America's pumpkins come from Illinois

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Illinois accounted for 41 percent of the nation's pumpkin crop last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CHICAGO (WREX) — While every state grows pumpkins, no state grows them more than Illinois. 

Illinois accounted for 41 percent of the nation's pumpkin crop last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Across the state, Illinois farmers planted more than 20 square miles of pumpkins, according to the 2017 agricultural census, the most recent one available, according to NBC.

Mason County and Tazewell County, Illinois have the most amount of square miles of pumpkins harvested per county in the country, according to 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture, USDA and QuickStats.

The 2017 USDA census shows those are two of the five counties that make up 60 percent of the state's pumpkin acreage (Stark, Peoria and Woodford counties are the other three). 

In our area, Edwards Apple Orchard West says they grow about six acres of pumpkins every year. With Halloween right around the corner, the orchard says they're still receiving calls asking if they have pumpkins. 

"This week it's the frantic parent calling saying 'do you still have pumpkins?' And we're like 'yes.' So this is the crunch week for parents to get their pumpkins, their jack-o-lanterns for their kids," said Lynn Edwards, the owner and operator of Edwards Apple Orchard West. 

Illinois is also known for its production of smaller, sweet pumpkins known as sugar pumpkins. 

According to data from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Illinois planted almost 8 square miles of sugar pumpkins this year.

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