Halloween has staples in agriculture!

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Contrary to popular belief, Halloween starts on the farm. Let’s take a deep dive into some of the holiday’s essentials and why we can thank farmers for them.

Scarecrows

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For example, scarecrows are not just used as decoration but serve a greater purpose for farmers. Almost more than 2,500 years ago, Greek farmers created scarecrows that resemble people to protect their crops. Now, farmers have used scarecrows to scare away predators and pests from their crops.

Pumpkins

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Halloween cannot be Halloween without pumpkins. The state of Illinois leads the nation in pumpkin production by acreage and weight. Last year, the state produced 652 million pounds, which is more than a quarter of total U.S. pumpkin production.

Apples

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Caramel apples: you know ‘em and you love ‘em. According to USDA, the total U.S. apple production for this marketing year is estimated to be almost 11 million pounds. Who leads the nation in production? Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania. Experts say this is because the harvest depends on temperatures.

Candy

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We cannot forget about the candy, and you can thank the farmers for those yummy chocolate bars! The chocolate started as a bean of the cacao tree. They are then roasted to bring out the chocolate flavor.

Rural Lifestyle & Entertainment Shows
Dailey & Vincent are BACK ON RFD-TV for another great season, brought to you by Gus Arrendale & Springer Mountain Farms. Join them as they welcome scores of fabulous bluegrass, country, and gospel music acts as special guests!
Join popular polka performer Mollie Busta as she hosts the weekly “Mollie B Polka Party” on RFD-TV! The one-hour program features the nation’s top polka bands and a wide variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.
Starring award-winning artist Perley Curtis, anyone who enjoys the classic sound of real Country music will love “Perley’s Place.” Filmed live at the iconic Nashville Palace, near Opryland in Nashville, TN, with a live audience, it’s one classic County hit after another.
The affable and unassuming international singing star Daniel O’Donnell is one of Ireland’s best known performers – from Australia to Alaska.
“The Marty Stuart Show” is a must-see during RFD-TV’s Saturday Night Music Row. Each exciting episode features Mr. Stuart and his band “The Fabulous Superlatives.” Episodes also feature his wife — “Country Queen,” Ms. Connie Smith—who has helped make the show a celebrated success.