Yes, Linus. There is a great pumpkin if you live in the Midwest.
Mild spring and early summer weather coupled with adequate August rainfall have helped create a flourishing Indiana pumpkin crop, according to a news release.
Growers were able to plant pumpkins on time this year because the spring wasn't too cold or wet. The cucurbit crop also wasn't competing with delayed wheat planting, since some pumpkins are planted into wheat residue.
August rains helped with fruit set.
"In general, the pumpkin crop looks good and there should be plenty of pumpkins for everyone," Dan Egel, a Purdue Extension plant pathologist, said in the release.
When consumers go looking for that perfect pumpkin, he suggested favoring ones with full green stems since they were probably harvested recently.
"In general, if you like the looks of the pumpkin, take it home," Egel said in the release. "However, it might be a good idea to avoid pumpkins with soft spots or brown, shriveled handles."