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Pumpkin farmers have smashing crop despite drought

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  • John Ackerman inspects harvested pumpkins on his farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Morton, Ill.

      John Ackerman inspects harvested pumpkins on his farm Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 in Morton, Ill.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Farmers in a stretch of illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland the drought forced thousands of ranchers to sell off cattle because pastures were too dry to graze, and corn and soybean farmers watched their plants wither in the summer sun. but john ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: pumpkins dig dry weather.

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