With the official welcome of fall on September 23rd, many households are already putting up their Halloween decorations. Typically, that means a lot of pumpkins, and luckily the Land of Lincoln continues to lead the nation in pumpkin production.
According to the USDA, in 2021 Illinois harvested more than twice as many pumpkin acres as any other top state, at 15,900 acres.
Illinois is home to two major pumpkin processors, including Nestle Libby in Morton and Seneca Foods in Princeville, Illinois, who produce over 85 percent of canned pumpkins sold across the US.
The top 10 pumpkin-producing counties in Illinois are Tazewell, Kankakee, Mason, Logan, Will, Marshall, Kane, Pike, Carroll, and Woodford.