MOLINE, ILLINOIS -- The official first day of fall is near. So naturally, those pumpkin cravings are starting to kick in, right? But thanks to a heavy amount of rain this year, farmers in the Midwest are forecasting a pumpkin shortage.
That's right, a bad mix of muddy soil and bacteria has caused gourds to prematurely rot from the inside out. This means the harvest is down a third and pumpkin patches could lose around 20% of their crop this season.
Bad business and bad news for the people planning to serve pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Or even worse -- getting that pumpkin spice fix!
Now that Starbucks is dumping the caramel coloring and adding real pumpkins to their latte this fall, some people might be spending a little bit more for a venti.
Let's just hope things get patched up soon and all those pumpkin plans don't get squashed.