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It’s the great pumpkin

With Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner the demand for pumpkins is great this time of year, and pumpkins continue to be a popular specialty crop among Virginia farmers.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, pumpkins were Virginia’s ninth most valuable field crop in 2019, generating an estimated $14.6 million.

Virginia pumpkin growers harvested 5,600 acres in 2019, up from 5,200 in 2018 and 3,200 in 2017.