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As a comment about Gourds, Squashes and Pumpkins (Cucurbita), jmorth wrote:

90% of the pumpkins grown in the United States are grown within a 90 mile radius of Peoria in central Illinois.
Name: Dillard Haley
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Sep 17, 2015 2:19 PM CST
Most of those are C. moschata grown for Libby's . The decorative pumpkins sold for halloween are a small market but what most people are familiar with. These are mostly C. pepo with an occasional C. maxima.
central Illinois
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Sep 17, 2015 2:31 PM CST
:Pumpkins grown in Illinois are used by local markets and big time producers; the big time production fields are often grown in irrigated fields in Tazwell and Mason counties just south of Peoria. There are several fields in Sangamon Co. (where I live) mostly for local outlets.
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