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Tips for Successfully No-Tilling Pumpkins

A cleaner growing environment has helped Bobby Fifer hike pumpkin yields, but disease pressure and rotational challenges are still obstacles to overcome.

If it weren't for no-tilling, the Fifer family would have gotten out of the pumpkin business long ago, says Bobby Fifer.

When he was a child, his family started with about 5 acres of pumpkins on Fifer Orchards in Camden-Wyoming, Del. Growing up, his family became contract growers for a company in North Carolina, which provided them with enough demand to slowly climb to 100 acres about 20 years ago.

But their forward progress was…

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