This year’s pumpkin year’s harvest is shaping up to produce a bumper crop, according to Illinois farmers. “It’s been a phenomenal crop this year,” said Wade Kuipers, whose family grows pumpkins on 25 acres in Maple Park.
Irrigation is credited for the relatively strong corn yields in the state’s Bootheel region.
Lack of water promotes more flavor in Mt. Pleasant’s Rayon D’or grapes.
The drought of 1988, often cited as the benchmark for crop damage, will likely be surpassed this summer, according to a crop insurance claims representative.