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Agri View: Pumpkins

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Everett Griner talks about the pumpkins. The crop with little value in today’s Agri View.

Pumpkins

Well, how much do you know about the pumpkin? Probably as much as anybody else except the people that grow them. Genetically it is a member of the gourd family. Commercially it has very little value. It is a native plant to America and that’s about it. It is estimated that about half of the crop grown in America winds up in the landfill or the commercial dump. It is most recognizable as a Halloween decoration. It has value to chefs and family cooks for making pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And that’s the story of the pumpkin. Some parts of the country, some retail stores buy up half of the crop to put up fall exhibits. They are just there for people to see. And when the season passes, they go into the landfill. But it is a crop that has its seasons. Make no mistake about that.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner