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So far theres been 4 pumpkins weighed this year over 1400 pounds.This surprised me.Weather wise did you consider 2009 good,poor,or average for growing pumpkins

10/8/2009 2:58:17 PM



In colorado we were too cool(in my opinion) but we did have a warm spell late that helped finish up the fruit.p.s. typo that 4 over 1600

10/8/2009 3:00:26 PM

MR. T. (team T)

Nova Scotia

set local records with bad weather for 2/3 of the season

10/8/2009 3:14:23 PM



CT looked to be suffering from too many cloudy days but then Jason blew up the sate record so.... maybe not.

10/8/2009 3:29:14 PM


President - GPC

Poor for Colorado...too cold....Despite one going BIG....two but it aint weighed yet.

10/8/2009 3:42:14 PM

Dave & Carol

Team Munson

Great topic Joe,

I can't argue with the weather but I will say our May, June, and July were very wet and cold from average rain & temperatures. July was the second coldest on record for us and we had our smallest 20 measurements in 6 years.

Am I surprised, with out a doubt Joe and I hope the surprises aren't over yet we 3 to go!!!

10/8/2009 3:58:06 PM

Dave & Carol

Team Munson

20 DAY measurements

10/8/2009 3:58:54 PM

Dave & Carol

Team Munson

20 DAY measurements

10/8/2009 3:58:54 PM



was terrible weather.

10/8/2009 4:18:15 PM


St. Thomas Ontario

Bad year on 'paper'...but the scales say something else. Couple more 'bad years' and we'll hit 2K:)

10/8/2009 4:30:40 PM


Pocatello (cliffwarren@yahoo.com)

So are we saying that even though the fruit can get off to a very slow start, if everything else is good, that fruit can still "come back" in the second half and live up to it's full potential?

10/8/2009 4:35:07 PM




10/8/2009 4:36:15 PM



No rain, we had a dry season.

10/8/2009 4:51:33 PM

hoots dirt (Mark)

Farmville, Virginia (mfowler@hsc.edu)

May and early June sucked here but after that I thought we had some awesome growing weather.

10/8/2009 5:36:26 PM

Pumpkin Shepherd

Georgetown, Ontario

I've never heard so much complaining about the weather and I've never seen such big pumpkins.

10/8/2009 5:42:39 PM


Long Island,New York

maybe pkns like bad weather.

10/8/2009 7:26:45 PM

Orangeneck (Team HAMMER)

Eastern Pennsylvania

apparently cold rainy weather = slow plant growth but big pumpkins. that is my experience here in eastern pa

10/8/2009 7:28:08 PM


In my little "micro-climate" (WI had many of these this year) I had the 4th coldest May-August on record. Coupled with lack of full sun the first half of the season my soil temps were 30 days behind average. This contributed to poor sets and yanking 4 plants. I did grow some respectable fruit but not what I wanted and certainly no PB this season.
I'm confident in my program and soil,,,,"wait until next year" ;-)

10/8/2009 7:57:03 PM


South Bloomfield, Ohio

Is the Dave-Man hedging? Weighed a whopper at Canfield and Chillicothe coming this weekend.........hmmmmmm.

10/8/2009 9:03:06 PM


Anamosa, IA BPIowegian@aol.com

Spring started out average. Then we got extra hot in early June and it cooked one of my plants. Then it turned cold and rainy. It seemed like it rained every other day from 1st of July until August 17. Then we got a 5" downpour and flooded out my patch and washed away Dave Sunlin's big pumpkin. Then it didn't rain for 24 days straight. But it seemed to be OK for others in the area. Ralph Trumm set a new county record and everyone knows what Don Young did.

10/8/2009 10:00:46 PM

Chris S.


I believe IL, IA, OH, maybe a couple others recorded record cold July's according to the farmers almanac. I think WI and MN recorded #2.

We walked a very fine line here. Had a couple fruit really suffer during a very cold / cloudy spell in July. A couple others that did very well. My bad ones literally wrinkled right up during this cold spell. It wasn't pretty.

Learned a few things this year weather related and plant related that will really help in the future.

10/8/2009 10:29:34 PM

The BiZ

Littleton, Colo


10/9/2009 1:07:29 AM


valparaiso, in

had record lows here this year.

10/9/2009 2:51:22 AM


Marshfield, Ma, USA

In New England 2008 was a great growing season. There were twenty five pumpkins over 1000 pounds at the Tpsfield fair. In 2009 there were fourteen. Weather? I think so.

10/9/2009 5:27:23 AM

Phil H.

Cameron,ontario Team Lunatic

Ontario had below normal temps in May, June. July & Aug. Thank goodness for Sept. We had frost warnings in early July also. Our 20 day measurements were only 51" Cir, 1/3 less than the 74" from the 901 we grew the previous season (lost & cut up on Aug 31st @ 1269#). Why it grew so large is beyond us.


10/9/2009 7:24:24 AM



No Sun, tons of rain, and below average temps, i'll give the weather a big HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!

10/9/2009 7:53:29 AM

Ned (team slammer)

Honesdale, Pennsylvania


10/9/2009 12:13:26 PM


Joliet, IL

record cold july temps, very cool spring and summer, yet consistent. check the weather swings in temps this year in the midwest as opposed to other years if someone has data. we normally have a roller coaster ride of temps from high heat and humidity to artic clipper cold fronts that can change the weather instantly to the highs in the lows 70s and northeast dry winds and cooler nights in the low 50s. this year was steady, albeit cooler than normal.

10/9/2009 1:51:10 PM


Pocatello (cliffwarren@yahoo.com)

> apparently cold rainy weather = slow plant growth but big pumpkins. that is my experience here in eastern pa

Orangeneck, this is a really interesting thought. On the one hand, you first need to grow a plant before you can grow the fruit. But if you can get the plant grown, then rough weather might cause the plant to slow down the plant growth and send it to the fruit.

10/9/2009 2:48:26 PM


Midway, UT

When the weather leaves your patch only 1 inch high you have to say beyond bad weather in the Arvada, CO patch.

10/9/2009 4:30:48 PM


Rhode Island

slow starts ,cool rainy may, cloudy most of july and first week of august. pumpkins in general are down in ri. there are a couple that will surprise but they are in a minority.
hoping for a better 2010.
the inexperienced grower was really in trouble this year in hew england

10/10/2009 7:02:41 AM

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