‘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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Arable Farmer
Lorette Manitoba
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.

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