[Market-farming] More Q's for expert large-scale Pumpkin Growers
wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Jul 7 08:55:06 EDT 2004
The actual number of seeds in a pumpkin can be very variable but I would
expect 300-600 seeds in medium to large sized fruit. You need to make sure
the fruit are healthy themselves, free from virus expression in particular,
and come from a disease-free field. Germination rate should exceed 80% if
you do a good job of floating out the "blank" seeds (seed-coats without
seeds inside). You should clean them well, dry them down fully and store in
a cool, dry place.
I would expect more than $100 a ton if they're in good condition. Around
here, $150 would be more likely for wholesale.
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
Univ of Illinois - St Charles Hort Research Center
>How many seeds are in a typical 15 pound pumpkin? I ask this becuase I'm
>wondering if it'd be cheaper for me to save seeds from pumpkins this year
>for next year's crop instead of buying 13,000 seeds (I mean, if there are
>500 seeds per pumpkin, I'd only need to buy 26 of 'em!). Also, what is
>the germination rate for pumpkin seeds? 80%? 70%?
>I've got a report that was created in 2001 for my area saying that pumpkin
>growers were getting about $102 per ton. Is this a typical price in terms
>of growing pumpkins for wholesale? (Yes, I realize that retail will get a
>higher price, but I'm not expecting to be able sell *all* of 'em that
>Would any of you be willing to share your income/expense sheet on a
>typical growing season? I'm trying to write up a realistic proposal/plan
>for the landowner on who's land I'll be growing about 2 acres of pumpkins
>(and other mixed squash) next year, and some numbers from actual growers
>would be nice. My current plan is to open the patch up to the public for
>the month of October 2005 and anything left I'll sell to a wholesaler.
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