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Libby's Select Dickinson Pumpkins

Libby's Select Dickinson Pumpkins are a special strain of Pie Pumpkin used by Libby's (a division of Carnation Company) for their canned pumpkin.

The pumpkins are grown on 4,000 acres around in Tazewell, Illinois and in four adjacent counties, with operations headquartered in Morton, Illinois.

Libby's owns almost 90 percent of the North American market for canned pumpkin, and three-quarters of their production comes from Moreton.

Private farmers grow the pumpkins for Libby's on their land, practising crop rotation, but Libby's sends in its crew and equipment for the harvesting.

The pumpkins are harvested mechanically, using machines that snip the pumpkins off the vines and line them up in a row to be picked up by a tractor with a conveyor belt collecting them into a truck. The pumpkins are delivered to the processing plant, washed, and then processed within 2 to 12 hours.

During the harvest, the factory processes 500,000 pumpkins a day.

90 percent of Libby's tinned pumpkin is sold from October to January.

History Notes

Libby's acquired the rights to the "Libby's Select Dickinson" pumpkin in 1929 from the Dickinson family who brought it in the early 1800s from Kentucky. Libby's also bought the family's canning plant.

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See also:

Pie Pumpkins

Amish Pie Pumpkins; Autumn Gold Pumpkins; Baby Bear Pumpkins; Baby Pam Pumpkins; Buckskin Pumpkins; Bushkin Pumpkins; Casper Pumpkins; Cheese Pumpkins; Chelsey Pumpkins; Cheyenne Bush Pumpkins; Cornfield Pumpkins; Cotton Candy Pumpkins; Dickinson Pumpkins; Early Autumn Pumpkins; Early Buckskin Pumpkins; Early Cheyenne Pie Pumpkins; Eastern 7 X 7 Pumpkins; Funny Face Pumpkins; Ghost-Rider Pumpkins; Gold Keeper Pumpkins; Golden Centennial Pumpkins; Howden Pumpkins; Howdens Field Pumpkins; Hybrid Pam Pumpkins; Kentucky Field Pumpkins; Large Cheese Pumpkins; Libby's Select Dickinson Pumpkins; Long Island Cheese Pumpkins; Mammoth King Pumpkins; Mystic Plus Pumpkins; Mystic Pumpkins; Pam Pumpkins; Pie Pumpkins; Small Sugar Pumpkins; Snack Jack Pumpkins; Spookie Pumpkins; Spooktacular Pumpkins; Streaker Pumpkins; Sugar Treat Pumpkins; Touch of Autumn Pumpkins; Trickster Pumpkins; Virginia Mammoth Pumpkins


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