[Market-farming] pumpkin trash

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Fri Oct 31 08:03:29 EDT 2008


Bob

Is it perennial ryegrass you are buying for $16/bushel or are you using 
grain rye? We've been using grain rye at various rates but usually 90 or 120 
lb/acre gives us our best stands. We have heavy prairie soils.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html


> You got a lot of options. This year I harvested pumpkins, disc the field 
> once to cut up the vines then broadcast rye mixed with crimson clover and 
> then disc again to cover the seed. I have broadcasted seed into the 
> unharvested crop but never got a good stand. I have seeded and grew 
> pumpkins together with covercrops with so so results. I have also seeded 
> perennial ryegrass just before vines run and the grass makes a nice cover 
> around pumpkin harvest time. This last method seems to be the best... I 
> seeded cover a month ago and just got rain this week, my fields have 
> greened up nicely with as little as one half bushel rye per acre. Rye 
> presently is selling fore $16 a bushel so I stretched it from the usual 2 
> bu per acre recommendations... Bob
> Sunny Meadow Farm
> Bridgeton, NJ.
>
> --- rrobinson at nasw.org wrote:
>
> From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>
> To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash
> Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:05:30 -0400
>
> I've been growing pumpkins for a few years, and have dutifully pulled the 
> vines off the field at the end of the season and thrown them on a 
> "compost" pile at the field edge. But I'm wondering if I am doing any 
> good, and whether (since I rotate my pumpkin fields ) I can just leave the 
> vines on the field, mulch over them for the winter, and then plant 
> something else next year, and stop worrying about removing them. Any 
> thoughts or experiences?
>
> Also, do those of you who grow pumpkins sow a winter cover crop while the 
> pumpkins are still growing strong? It's too late by the time I harvest, so 
> the field stays bare, except for the thinning mulch.
>
> --
> Richard Robinson
> http://www.nasw.org/users/rrobinson/
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