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IAITC FarmWeek Article October 9, 2017

Monday, October 09, 2017

October 9, 2017



Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


*This week we have attached the word document of the story.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   


Pumpkin production ample again


  1.  Name the ‘pumpkin capital of the world’.   (Morton, IL)
  2. 12,500 of the 16,400 acres of pumpkins are used for processing.   Explain what is meant by processed pumpkin.  (Answers will vary but processed pumpkins are harvested, and used for food grade production. This includes canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling.)
  3. 2015 saw a shortage in pumpkin because of what type of weather (rain)
  4. The 2017 crop is in good supply due to what type of weather, (a dry summer prevented disease.)
  5. 90 percent of all commercially processed pumpkins are grown around Morton and Princeville, Illinois.  Research what leads to good pumpkin production in those areas.  (Sandy soil along the Illinois river.)
  6. What impact did the hot dry September have on some Illinois pumpkins?  (the hot weather lead to sun scald in some situations.)
  7. Illinois has roughly 520 pumpkin farms located throughout the state. For those located away from the Morton, Illinois area provide sample marketing plans for distributing pumpkins.  ( Answers will vary)


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