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Monday, July 17, 2023 Matt D. Connecticut

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Stem Side (F: 1832.5 Graham ’20 x M: 2365 Wolf ’21 (from Ron Wallace))

Stem side of this pumpkin looks great, but it is common for splits to occur 180-degrees from each other. While the initial cut to the stem made on the late evening of the 15th today (the 17th) the decision was made to also make a cut about at the 12 o’clock position since the other split is at the 6 o’clock position.

The reason for the delay is it did not look like the top was in danger of a split and the fear of making a stem cut in the wrong position would essentially mean two cuts instead of one. However, after seeing how well the first cut went the risk to reward ratio was in favor of a cut in the most likely area.

Negative impacts would be minimal and a top cut could allow better air flow.

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