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Pumpkins

U.S. farms produced about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins in 2014, and Illinois was the top-producing state. 

It is prime pumpkin season in the United States.

According to the USDA, farmers in the U.S. grew 90,000 acres of pumpkins in 2014, producing about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins.

Our neighbor to the south, Illinois, leads the nation, with Michigan, Colorado, New York and Pennsylvania rounding out the top five states for pumpkin production. The fields in those top five states were more productive than the average acre, producing 22,083 pounds of pumpkins per acre.

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, the typical American consumes about 5.39 pounds of pumpkin per year, though only about 15 percent of U.S. pumpkin acreage is used to make processed pumpkin products.

As you might have guessed, 90 percent of all pumpkin sales fall between October and January.

What was the average price per pound fetched by U.S. farms for pumpkins in 2014?

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A. $1.26

B. $0.52

C. $0.11

D. $0.98

Answer: C.

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