Pumpkin Shortage May Ruin Your Thanksgiving Dinner Plans

You may have to live without a pumpkin pie on the dinner table this Thanksgiving.

Experts are predicting a shortage of canned pumpkin around the holiday season due to extreme rainfall that ruined crops in Illinois earlier this year. More than 90 percent of the country's pumpkins are produced in Illinois.

"I would not wait until Nov. 20 [to buy canned pumpkin]," University of Illinois professor Mohammad Babadoost told the Associated Press. "I'd buy it whenever it comes to the store."

Libby, the country's largest canned pumpkin manufacturer, reports that it lost a third of its normal pumpkin crop due to bad weather conditions during summer. Although there's currently plenty of pumpkins and canned pumpkin available on the shelves, it may be hard to find closer to Turkey Day.

"Once we ship the remainder of the 2015 harvest, we'll have no more Libby's pumpkin to sell until harvest 2016," Roz O'Hearn, Libby's spokesperson, said.

If you can't imagine celebrating the holiday season without enjoying a fresh pumpkin pie for dessert, it's probably a smart decision to stock up on your pumpkin as soon as possible. If the stock runs out in the coming weeks, it's likely that canned pumpkin will be almost impossible to find come Christmastime.

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Pumpkin Shortage May Ruin Your Thanksgiving Dinner Plans