‘I hug them’: meet the farmer raising 2,000lb pumpkins

‘I hug them’: meet the farmer raising 2,000lb pumpkins

Written by Gabrielle Canon in Napa, California from the Guardian

Armed with ‘golden seeds’, Leonardo Urena is part of an elite group of global growers – and this year produced California’s largest specimen

It starts with a tiny seed.

Leonardo Urena opened his palm to show a small plastic bag containing a single special specimen. Smooth and white, it wasn’t yet remarkable, but it will be, because it has the potential to sprout a squash as heavy as a walrus.

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have a friend that owns a petrol station on the border and he wins a pile of money each year growing huge pumpkins. He plants them in an old cattle feedlot and fusses over them like a mother hen. Think he hit 1600 lbs last year but only does American shows now with COVID. I grew a couple here in a soybean field. One was 616 and the other was746 lbs. good hobby if you like growing different plants and suffer from ocd.
 

Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

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