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Planting pumpkins?

Postby newtattoobob » Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:51 am

I would like to plant a pumpkin patch this year and was wondering if anyone has had success using the 172 runner planter on the Cub? I am thinking maybe I can modify one of the plastic lustran sunflower plates to work? Does anyone have any other ideas or experiences? :tractor:

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby Barnyard » Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:20 am

Since hills should be 5 to 6 feet and spaced in rows 10 to 15 feet apart I doubt you will be able to modify a plate to do this.
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby SONNY » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:11 pm

They plant them here with a regular "plate" planter,---they have the punkin plates and looks like spacing is about 4'x4' or less.--Now this is for canners and they are after tonnage so intense planting is used.
Are you doing just the ole jakos or food grade type?---My suggestion would be to take a plastic plate, ( blank one) and make your cells to fit the seed size that you will use and after making 1 cell , put plate in and mark line on ground, put seeds in box, do test pull a few feet, check space/drop, then adjust from there.--If spacing is too far, then see if 2 cells might bee needed.
I have done this with a 4-row IH 450 planter and there are several settings that can help.
Don't know how the cub planter is setup for plate speed control, so you will have to play that by ear! Good luck!!! thanks; sonny
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby Eugene » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:53 pm

Considering the row and plant spacing. It might be easier to set the IH 193 plow to cut a shallow furrow. Then sow and cover the seeds by hand.

Have used the shallow furrow technique to plant black walnut seeds/nuts using a two wheeled garden tractor. The whole process goes quite fast.
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby newtattoobob » Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:57 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. I played around with it a little today. I used a a 16 cell plate and blocked off 15 of the holes with masking tape. Then I made a few runs over the driveway with it and it will drop a seed every 12ft. If I can find a blank plastic plate I think I can make this work. Does anyone sell them?

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby Eugene » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:36 pm

Question. What to heck are you going to do with all the pumpkins?

Around here, there are 3 farmers markets a week. Around halloween all the venders have pumpkins. Told one of the neighbors, a vender, with a wagon load of pumpkins, to break up the excess and feed to his hogs.
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby SONNY » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:44 pm

Make it 2 holes straight across from each other, then try!--bet you get the 6' if that's what you need! Gittin' there LOL!!! thanks ; sonny
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby Jim Becker » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:45 pm

If you want to plant in "hills" you need several seeds to drop at each one. Right now, you appear to be on a path towards having a single seed at each drop. You need to either use hill drop plates or consider drill planting. You probably want a closer spacing for drill planting.

To answer your original question, Lincoln Ag Products has several blank plastic plates to choose from (different thicknesses and filler plate requirements).
https://lincolnagproducts.com/

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby newtattoobob » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:00 pm

Thanks everyone. I plan on giving away as many as I can and trying to sell some. We don't have a lot of people around here selling local ones. More than anything it's just another reason to use the Cub! I think I'm going to try a blank plate from Lincoln products and making two holes in it to get the 6 foot spacing. The hill drop is a good idea I would like to drop 2 or 3 seeds each time.

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby SONNY » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:22 am

I think the plate thickness will give you more seeds per cell.---thicker = more seeds, thinner = less., also the cell size will dictate the number of seeds it will hold, too! thanks; sonny
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby tinnerjohn » Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:59 am

Let us know how you make out with a plate. I can identify with your plan. I had about 3/4 acre I used for several years for produce, sold the excess at the produce auction in Middlefield. Made a few extra bucks, but more importantly had fun! John

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby newtattoobob » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:21 am

I will keep this updated. I'm going to try the blank plate and see how it goes.

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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby KETCHAM » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:08 pm

I suck at pumpkins so I'll be watching.....I am trying again this year along with watermelons.......we shall see!!!!!
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Re: Planting pumpkins?

Postby Eugene » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:43 pm

KETCHAM wrote:I am trying again this year along with watermelons.
Will try again with ice box sized water melons and musk melons. Some years, very good harvest and have to go around giving away the excess. Other years. little or no harvest.

I choose the ice box size because I don't and can't use a 50 lb watermelon. With excess harvest, easier to get rid of 5 or 6 lb melons than a 50 lb melon.
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