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Tuesday, January 20 View Page
Feels like Christmas, have 5 state record seeds. Don't really have the money for a world record seed. This years goal is a 1000, my soil has had everything it was lacking added, got good genetics, maybe the Iowa state record can come out of my patch with a little luck
 
Saturday, January 31 View Page
Well decided to sign up for Wilkes barre, can't wait to go and see what I can learn, and meet some of these amazing growers. As for this week taking a break and going on a cruise. If I could afford the WiFi I would defiantly be watching these auctions
 
Saturday, February 7 View Page
My ride this past week, now back to the cold
 
Tuesday, February 10 View Page
Patch towards upper half, taken spring of 2013 according to the starter house placement. Had 5 plants last year thinking about expanding 20 ft towards road, and doing 6 or 7 plants. Currently about 3000 sq ft. Have to many good seeds I want to grow. I am located near Dubuque airport.
 
Friday, February 20 View Page
1 month till Wilkes Barre, hopefully the weather starts getting better before then. 904 mile drive
 
Saturday, February 28 View Page
I won a 2102, in the European silent auction on Feb 1st, does anybody know how long it takes to get through customs? getting a little worried
 
Tuesday, March 3 View Page
Can't get here soon enough
 
Monday, March 9 View Page
Bring on Wilkes barre, 1st day back to crushing way to sloppy
 
Wednesday, March 18 View Page
Hopefully Eastbound and down this time tomorrow! Getting Excited!
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
Having a blast in Wilkes-Barre, can put faces with growers now. Getting a lot of ideas, probably need to win the lottery
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
Tilt head to left
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
Pumpkin seed poker for the 2323. Pretty tense
 
Friday, March 20 View Page
What a great hand to win with a pair of aces, $50 buy in 10 people
 
Saturday, March 21 View Page
Goals, this is all of our Goals!
 
Sunday, March 22 View Page
Well on our way home, met a lot of great people and made some friends. Wish I had a copy of the picture they took with me and Ron after I won his 2009. Thank you GPC and everyone that was there for making this a wonderful time well spent.
 
Saturday, March 28 View Page
Huh, just entered the date for this post, and it seems to be my 6 year wedding Anniversary. Just put 20 yards of really good compost in the patch. Guess I better get some roses to!
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
Tentative lineup subject to change, left 6 are the #1's, with the right 6 the backups waiting on a 1947.5 backup for the Bubba challenge. Right side might see some changes probably throw in a couple of my own to just in case
 
Sunday, March 29 View Page
My starter house, I have never soaked/or started in tote. I have had 100% germination since going this route with seeds popping 3-5 days. Get soil temps above 80. And seems to be good. Going to get another heat mat and do a dozen test plants this week. May try the soaking to
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Decided to get another 6 yards of compost. 26 total, just waiting on the skidloader and then hopefully get tilled in within the week
 
Saturday, April 11 View Page
Well the neighbors let me borrow their brand new bobcat, got the compost spread, about 6" thick on most of it. Going to rake it around a bit tomorrow. Till and hoop houses up next weekend weather permitting
 
Sunday, April 12 View Page
This is a big upgrade from my previous starter houses. Roughly 15' x 8' 2 plants in each one working from middle out in opposite directions
 
Tuesday, April 14 View Page
Been along week, bring on the weekend
 
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Xtreme tea Brewer sitting on the porch when I got home. Anybody looking for one check eBay got a good deal on this one
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Love my dads new toy
 
Saturday, April 18 View Page
Hard part is done, now for the hoop houses
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
6 hrs in so far today, starting to take shape flags are where the plants will be, they get roughly 22 x 28 ft each
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Can hardly walk, and the wind picking up on that last one really tested my blood pressure. Put some rye on and pitch fork some compaction tomorrow night.
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Might as well
 
Sunday, April 19 View Page
Well I have officially begun
 
Tuesday, April 21 View Page
I want my pumpkin to weigh as much as this, loader got a new heart today
 
Thursday, April 23 View Page
45 mph winds the past few days couple little rips added a lot of clamps. Hanging out around 60 inside still another week before anything moves in
 
Monday, April 27 View Page
Put digital thermometer's in my hoop houses last night, says it seen a high of 155 and a low of 32 for the day actual low was around 40.and hi was around 70 See what it says the next couple days defiantly going to check it at 4:30 in the morning and see what it says
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
One of my 1947.5's glad I grew more than one, think I will go ahead and plant #3, this one has a set of roots coming from first 2 leaves
 
Tuesday, April 28 View Page
My baby's need to go outside, showing 50's for lows starting Friday so maybe Saturday
 
Saturday, May 2 View Page
2058, 2002, 1947.5 have 2 more 1947's in the house
 
Saturday, May 2 View Page
1882, 1873, 1821.5 have a 1832.5 in house yet and a few of my own
 
Saturday, May 2 View Page
2102, 2009, 2008
 
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Look good after a small storm with 60mph winds came through. Lost one tree limb, but that is better than a pumpkin plant
 
Sunday, May 10 View Page
Still about 3 months away from the parade of golf carts checking out the progress, better start keeping the neighbors in check
 
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Kind of nice having this 20 miles away
 
Saturday, May 16 View Page
My help
 
Saturday, May 16 View Page
Little shade gets way to hot during day, this should help. Got this off the clearance rack and got hooked up on some drip tape.
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
Pushing 80 this weekend, tomorrow 34 for a low. Going to have to put hoop houses in my hoop houses
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
30 mph winds are starting to irritate me, plants are safe. Definitely like the shade material should have got 3 roles
 
Sunday, May 17 View Page
If I were to thin out the weakest today my lineup would be, 1882 Gehweiler, 1821.5 Checkon, 2058 Hawkley, 1947.5 Clementz, 2102 Meier, and the 2009 Wallace. I would be losing 1873 stiel, 1832.5 midthun, 2002 Hawkley, and the 2008 Neptune. See if this changes in next couple weeks
 
Monday, May 18 View Page
Thirty's are in the forecast, I just want them to be cozy
 
Monday, May 18 View Page
1873 on the left 1882 on the right hope they are comfortable. And hope my wife unplugs the dropcord in the morning
 
Sunday, May 24 View Page
Rain all day today, cut bigger ventilation holes in the hoop houses yesterday covered with a 30% shade material I got at farmtek mainly for the fear of hail. This is the 1st real taste of rain and they seem to really be enjoying it
 
Wednesday, June 3 View Page
Plants our doing good, I still need to thin out 2 more, tough call between my 2002 and 2058, then my pair of 1947.5's my best one is starting to show signs of ribbon vine, and the other one is way behind and real yellow. Confirmed survivors down and running are the 1882, 1821.5, 2102, and the 2009. Hope to do one more till and get drip tape laid out this weekend
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
Removed the plastic and pulled the 2002
 
Thursday, June 4 View Page
The look for a couple days, need the weather to cooperate, and figure out a non hoop house full length hail protection. Off to farmtek in Saturday
 
Saturday, June 6 View Page
Taking shape
 
Sunday, June 14 View Page
Hoop houses/ hail protection is off. Got a lot done on this rare day of sunlight. 1947.5 is way behind since I pulled the primary due to Ribbon vine. The 1821.5 and the 1882 and the 2058 got a little burnt being to close to wind protection. Best start yet!
 
Thursday, June 18 View Page
Progressing, 1882, and 1821.5 are at 11ft and have pumpkins in that area may give it a shot. Rest are around 9' and don't seem to want to throw secondaries.
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
The wind is killing me right now, hopefully the plants recover
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Gust says 15mph, I say close to 40 or 50mph, wish I would have parked the truck next to the patch sooner. Still not as much damage that my 1985 got last year when we caught the edge of a storm that produced 100mph straight line winds. 2058 broke some leaves that is the biggest damage
 
Saturday, June 20 View Page
Worth a shot, little splint action. One more storm coming threw yet. Could have been worse my dad lives next door to Iowegian, and their plants got some hail and wind damage along with 2.5" of rain in a short time. I am sitting on .10"
 
Monday, June 22 View Page
Well I listened to the weather band ch in my loader all day, working in a quarry with no reception, 70mph winds did a number, damage consist of broken leaf stocks, all mains are in tack. 2058, 2102, and 2009 are sick of wind
 
Wednesday, June 24 View Page
If it takes 1882x 2058, cool cloudy day but my lights didn't have the pollen ready this morning, hopefully better late then not at all. Damn I need a 9-5 job @ $45.00 per hour
 
Sunday, June 28 View Page
Pollination on the 1882 didn't take, pollinated the 2009 with the 2102 yesterday, this morning I pollinated the 1821.5 x self, as the same with the 2058. See what happens try the 2102 and another 2009 tomorrow morning. Beautiful morning should start raining anytime
 
Monday, June 29 View Page
Getting pretty sick of the thunderstorms, had the patch looking nice, now I have vines layed over again. Better not mess up my 4am pollination appointment
 
Tuesday, June 30 View Page
Oh how I love seeing pollinated babies before July, this is a 1st for me, and I should have 5 of them
 
Thursday, July 2 View Page
Pollinated the 1882 with the 2009 this morning, appears all my 4 am pollinations have taken. See how they do this next week. So far they are growing!
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
2009 x 2102 7 DAP
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
2058 x 2058 6 DAP
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
212 Mudd last minute decision never done a giant watermelon before. Dad grew a 125 last year without much work. See what happens
 
Saturday, July 4 View Page
5 out of 6 have babies, middle one on the right is my 1947.5 planted 3 of them 1st 2 were Ribbon, and of course the good one got planted 10 days after the 1st 2
 
Sunday, July 5 View Page
10th wheelbarrel full of compost mixed with wow mycorrhizal inoculant. 2 more plants then I will be caught up on leaf node burying. Need to keep up with this a little bit better, but my wife is starting to hate my hobby.
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
Wilkes Barre pumpkin poker 2009 Wallace seed, fruit 16 DAP daddy is the 2102
 
Monday, July 13 View Page
1821.5 check-in x self, 16 DAP, every fruit on this plant has this stem
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
2009x2102, 21DaP, 182" OTT est 144#
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
2102 x 2009 15 Dap, 134" OTT
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
2058 x 2058, 20 DaP, 176" est 132.25
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
1882 x 2009, 11 DaP, 150" OTT est 89.74
 
Sunday, July 19 View Page
1821.5 x 1821.5, 20 DaP, 181" OTT est 142.14
 
Wednesday, July 22 View Page
On pace to break my personal best with 5 different pumpkins! Love this time of year!
 
Friday, July 24 View Page
Finally some big gains! 2058 had a 46# burst.
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Cut off extra 2102 being hauled away, should have did this last week
 
Saturday, July 25 View Page
Made it 10 ft
 
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Co worker just posted this, Time to find a new job, these people just don't understand
 
Tuesday, July 28 View Page
Wish I was home, just hoping my sheets stay on, and it doesn't get to hot after it past
 
Sunday, August 2 View Page
Going over 300" tomorrow, I think he looks like grandpa 2032
 
Tuesday, August 4 View Page
Got some good things going on, could pass my personal best of 873 in 6 days, weighoff is Oct 3rd.
 
Wednesday, August 5 View Page
Closest to furthest, 1882 x 2009, 287 OTT, 530.7#, 2058 x self 311 OTT, 673.9, and 2102 x 2009 257 OTT for 381.6
 
Wednesday, August 5 View Page
Closest to furthest, 1821.5 x self, 296 OTT 581.9, 1947.5 x open, NA, and 2009 x 2102, 297 OTT for 587.8, blowing previous years out of the water! Not going to lie those coats look pretty good
 
Saturday, August 8 View Page
2058 Hawkley DaP 40 140/97/87 for 324",759.9#, grow baby grow!
 
Monday, August 10 View Page
Sure is Monday, wake up with a fertilizer injector sucking air, thanks to a water timer that shut off but didn't shut off.
 
Thursday, August 13 View Page
Measurements wise I just surpassed my personal best on DAP #45, 51 days of life left
 
Friday, August 14 View Page
Well read Chris Stevens diary earlier today, and thought I would check my pumpkins over closer, lost the 1882 and the 1821.5, 1500# between the 2. 4 out of 6 left
 
Saturday, August 15 View Page
Well if I lose one in the next day or 2, I will more than likely sending a water timer company a nice email, bought brand new one after Sunday nights failure, went out last night turned the dial to off after a hour, just to find it still running at 7:30 this morning. 90 + today and tomorrow hope this isn't the end
 
Saturday, August 15 View Page
Too hot for this, 1 was bad enough let alone 2, 1882 x 2009
 
Saturday, August 15 View Page
1821.5 x self, brain shaped
 
Saturday, August 15 View Page
Well then there was 4
 
Saturday, August 15 View Page
Loss of 2 pumpkins got me distracted the last 2 days was giving a foiler spray tonight and noticed powdery mildew on a few leafs, so much for that text I signed up for in Wilkes Barre. Eagle 20 has been ordered
 
Sunday, August 16 View Page
This little girl and her mommy are leaving me for a couple weeks to visit family in the Seattle/ Portland area, and they're driving, going to be very stressful worrying about them. On the bright side more uninterrupted patch time. Hell may even get the deck stained
 
Monday, August 17 View Page
Little storm came through at some point today pretty much leveling every leaf on my biggest pumpkin plant, hopefully most of them stand back up
 
Tuesday, August 18 View Page
Please mother nature, "Play Nice"!
 
Tuesday, August 18 View Page
Little wet, but no extra wind damage for now, talking 35 mph all day tomorrow. On one Bright note, I seen a OTT of 357"
 
Wednesday, August 19 View Page
Well only got around 60 today, cloudy wet. My 2058 which was layed over with wind 2 days ago gave 32#s much easier to do foiler spray when leafs are upside down.
 
Saturday, August 22 View Page
Taking some stress out of a kink main vine l. Should have done this sooner
 
Saturday, August 22 View Page
Before picture
 
Saturday, August 22 View Page
After pic
 
Sunday, August 23 View Page
Just under 40 days to go, hate to see these next 3 cool nights
 
Saturday, August 29 View Page
Still growing
 
Wednesday, September 2 View Page
My help is back after 2 weeks away, they've both grown
 
Wednesday, September 2 View Page
Alba with our slow growing 2009 big show pumpkin poker plant, way bigger than my Personal best, but still 200# behind the 2058
 
Saturday, September 12 View Page
My daughters pumpkin, started real late 1947.5 Clementz but finishing strong, could hit 1000
 
Saturday, September 12 View Page
This is the 2009x2102, creeping along don't think it will give me much more, thinking of taking this one to stillwater, mn, just to be apart of what they're trying to do
 
Saturday, September 12 View Page
My beast closing in on 400", 2058xself, this is my Anamosa entry as long as things go well
 
Saturday, September 12 View Page
No matter what I threw at this pumpkin he never responded, smallest in the patch, 2102x2009. He's heading to Madison next Sunday
 
Sunday, September 13 View Page
Alba and her pumpkin, seems to be the going pose on here
 
Friday, September 18 View Page
Looks like a few of my walking planks are going to be used as a skidloader bridge tomorrow to load the Madison pumpkin, got to be close to 2" of rain since yesterday.
 
Saturday, September 19 View Page
Well no pumpkin for stillwater, bottom fell out of my 2009 last night, now my biggest has me nervous
 
Saturday, September 19 View Page
Loaded for Madison, Willy St weighoff. My slow grower 2102
 
Sunday, September 20 View Page
Madison was a good experience, still weighing but 9th looks promising! Seen some bug ones
 
Sunday, September 20 View Page
John Barlow's 1655
 
Monday, September 21 View Page
This pumpkin felt solid on Thursday, popped open on Sat. Hadn't really gave me any good inches since Sept 6th, looks like its had problem's for a long time. 2009 x 2102 last est was @ 362" for 1041. What a sloppy mess did salvage some seeds, doubt if they see soil
 
Monday, September 21 View Page
That was the Wilkes Barre, Big show pumpkin poker 2009 seed. I feel like I let Ron down.
 
Wednesday, September 23 View Page
One more day closer, pumpkins still in tact
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
Officially done growing, now it just needs to survive this next week. Main vine has a dead spot or at least 90% deas spot 15" away from stem. Just a hair shy of 400"
 
Friday, September 25 View Page
1947.5 seed #3 started late, pollinated late. Pretty pumpkin and right around a 1/2 ton!
 
Wednesday, September 30 View Page
I promised Alba she could have this pumpkin way back when it was a basketball, its almost as pretty as her. 46 hrs till cut off
 
Wednesday, September 30 View Page
Big one is still in tact as well, no bad spots on either one that I can see or feel.
 
Friday, October 2 View Page
Love my neighbors and their toys
 
Friday, October 2 View Page
Back wheels were barely touching!
 
Friday, October 2 View Page
And the full load
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
Barlow 2034
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
New personal Best
 
Saturday, October 3 View Page
Alba's 1033.5
 
Sunday, October 4 View Page
Results are up, been waiting along time, to get over a 1000#.
 
Tuesday, October 6 View Page
Alba called on stage for 14th, she's do little
 
Tuesday, October 6 View Page
On stage standing next to one of the best, Scott Steil. Getting just a little bit closer to his level every year
 
Wednesday, October 7 View Page
Bet the neighbors are saying "oh so that's what he's been doing over in the corner of his yard"
 
Saturday, October 10 View Page
Stillwater What a experience
 
Sunday, October 11 View Page
Beautiful afternoon!
 
Sunday, October 11 View Page
Wasn't pretty, but 5-0
 
Monday, October 12 View Page
Thinking my 1st step for next year's preparation, is making the 12 mile drive to Wisconsin and getting some dirt, what a year they have had in that state
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
Can't wait to get this home and together, greenhouse structure 28' x 48'. Doing a screen house next year, and hopefully telling the wind to f#$% off.
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
When I was clearing vines yesterday, I noticed all plants were good and healthy except one, the stump was mush, no leafs, barley any vines all this on the 2058 plant that was bombed with straight line winds in early August. This is now my 1277.5. I did not get any new inches last 10 days. Makes me wonder what might have been and thankful it held up for the weighoff.
 
Saturday, October 17 View Page
When I was clearing vines yesterday, I noticed all plants were good and healthy except one, the stump was mush, no leafs, barley any vines all this on the 2058 plant that was bombed with straight line winds in early August. This is now my 1277.5. I did not get any new inches last 10 days. Makes me wonder what might have been and thankful it held up for the weighoff.
 
Sunday, October 18 View Page
1st picture of myself with my 1277.5. This is the 2nd largest pumpkin in the state of Iowa this year, I had #1 by 25"
 
Saturday, October 31 View Page
Our 1033.5 at the Galena Brewery in Galena IL. Fun listening to everybody checking it out
 
Monday, November 2 View Page
Well sounds like the 1033.5 sprung a leak in the brewery, not looking forward to that butchering job tomorrow on my 1st day of vacation. My other 2 pumpkins have been outside with no issues.
 
Tuesday, November 3 View Page
Started to leak, good thing it happened when it did, heading to Tenn tomorrow for vacation
 
Tuesday, November 3 View Page
Had a few sprouters, but good seed count in the 1277.5.
 
Saturday, November 7 View Page
Raining in Chris Kent county
 
Sunday, November 29 View Page
Finally got my seeds deskinned off the screens. I am just amazed on what my 726 had in it.( 2102x 2009) wasn't much this year but seeds look beautiful, and this cross has potential! If anybody is interested in any of my crosses shoot me a email!
 
Friday, December 11 View Page
Seed test was a success!
 
Thursday, December 17 View Page
Finally got my labels, should get some seeds mailed in next 10 days
 
Tuesday, December 29 View Page
Not going to lie, I hate winter
 
Wednesday, December 30 View Page
Well I guess if Alba had to get a Barbie, this Barbie is the right one
 
Wednesday, December 30 View Page
A couple of my Christmas presents to myself came today!
 

 

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