Proposed by: Taun Beddes

Presenters: Beddes, T., Horticulture Agent, Utah State University, Provo, UT 84606
Caron, M., Horticulture Agent, Utah State University Extension, Provo, UT 84606
Miner, D., Agricultural Economist, Utah State University Extension, Provo, UT 84606,
Read, N., 4-H Agent, Utah State University Extension, ,

We trialed 15 hybrid (Camaro, Challenger, Charisma, Connecticut Field, Corvette, Cougar, Gladiator, Magic Lantern, Magic Wand, Magician, Mustang, New Moon, Orange Rave, Racer, Sorcerer, Summit, and two open-pollinated pumpkin varieties (Connecticut Field and Howden). We measured marketable yield, color, stem strength, size and shape. Seeds were planted in a randomized, complete block design with ten plants representing an experimental unit (n=3). All marketable fruit was evaluated. The highest yielding varieties of marketable fruit were Challenger, Cougar, Summit and Magic Lantern (32.4 tons/acre [t/a] 29.5 t/a, 25.9 t/a and 25.7 t/a respectively). Over 70% of marketable fruit from Magic wand, Corvette and Magician met retail market specifications: weight from 15 to 25 pounds and dimensions of 10 to 15 inches in both height and width. However, Corvette and Magician bore 3 tons less per acre. Conversely, Camaro, Connecticut Field, Cougar, Howden and Summit showed a more variable size range, which was desired by u-pick style operations. Over 75% of fruit from Challenger and Mustang weighed over 25 lbs. Lowest producing varieties included Charisma, Gladiator, Magic Wand, Orange Rave and Sorcerer. Marketable fruit from all varieties had acceptable stem strength (except New Moon) and color.

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