Has drought impacted Morton's pumpkin economy?

By WEEK Producer

September 1, 2012 Updated Sep 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM CDT

MORTON, Ill. -- Despite the rain were getting now the summer-long drought has had an impact the local pumpkin crop.

Its an important part of the economy in Morton, which is known as the pumpkin capital of the world.

Some Morton pumpkin farmers are already harvesting some of their crop.

The director of the Morton Chamber of Commerce says the adverse effect of the drought is minimal for the Libby's plant in Morton since the company has contracts with pumpkin growers nationwide.

"They've planted crops in other parts of the United States and then they truck pumpkins in from throughout the country," said Jennifer Daly. "That has really helped to lessen the blow when there is a drought or a particularly rainy season."

At Morton's Ackerman Farms this year's pumpkin harvest is a mixed bag.

"The first half of the pumpkins that were planted, which is approximately 60-percent of our crop, looks great," said farmer John Ackerman. "The last half looks rough. Its going to be so late I'm worried about it."

And a reminder that Morton hosts the 46th annual Morton Pumpkin Festival beginning September 12th.