Interview with Giant Pumpkin Grower - Doug Kissamore
U.S.A., land of “bigger is better” and no one exemplifies this motto more than “one of the world’s premier giant pumpkin clubs” – The Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. This group, who has been operating since 1995, supports their events, like the Annual Weigh-Off, in-part with seed sales and auctions.
Dosatron recently donated a Dosatron D14MZ2 – 14 GPM injector to be auctioned off for the group. We had the opportunity to speak with the winner and giant pumpkin hobbyist, Doug Kisamore, and asked a couple of questions about his experience growing the oversized squash.
Dosatron: What type of nutrients do you use to get your pumpkins so large? Dosatron can handle a lot of fertilizer, even organics!
Doug: You can use whatever you want for nutrients and soil testing is a big part of it. An old wives tale is feeding the pumpkin milk.
Dosatron: What's the largest pumpkin you've grown?
Doug: 877.5 lbs
Dosatron: When is the growing season for giant pumpkins?
Doug: Inside Ohio, it’s mid to end of April. Outside, the first week of May. We use mini greenhouses or hoophouses at the start for a few weeks, pollinate by end of June and get a pumpkin going. Weigh offs start Sept – October.
Dosatron: When did you first hear about Dosatron?
Doug: Family has been using them for decades. We had a Dosatron growing up for cattle and hogs for 4H - using it for electrolytes for water. (At one point Doug’s uncle had the oldest running Dosatron unit operating at his farm but has since upgraded.)
Dosatron: How much larger do you believe your pumpkin will get with the help of a Dosatron unit?
Doug: Aiming for into the 1000’s
We are excited to see photos of Doug’s next giant pumpkin weigh-off entry grown with the help of the Dosatron D14MZ2, so stay tuned for updates!
If you have questions or want to learn more about how Dosatron can help you grow your crops, giant or not, give us a call at 1-800-523-8499.