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Oh My Gourd! Pumpkin Shortage Could Hamper Flavor of Fall

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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.

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