Victorian farmer Phillip McCauley grows 385.1kg giant Pumpkin

SYDNEY: Australian farmer Phillip McCauley has grown a massive 385.1 kg pumpkin in his farm.

Victorian farmer Phillip McCauley grows 385.1 kg pumpkin

The dairy farmer from Cora Lynn, Victoria, says he has given up on gourds now after growing a piffling metre-long one, and quit with the huge tomatoes too.

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In the extreme vegetable world, the Atlantic Giant pumpkin stands tallest. It is the biggest thing going and Phillip’s best shot at glory.

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Phillip McCauley, 27, shows the size of the pumpkin's beginnings.

And after growing Victoria’s biggest ever pumpkin, a 385.1kg monolith that has smashed the old record by 130kg, the Cora Lynn dairy farmer is ready to take on the world.

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“The Australian record is 518kg, a guy from New South Wales. I’m breathing down his neck,” Phillip says. “I never thought I could get that until I grew this one.”

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A 200mm rain dump three weeks ago forced Phillip to pull up his pumpkin, dubbed “The Big One”. It was a third under water.

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Nathan Barnes, aged 22 months on his uncle's 385.1kg pumpkin - a Victorian record.

“This was still growing. I reckon it would have gone close to 450kg,” he said. “I know if I put all the effort into it I can get the Australian record.”

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Queensland’s record is disputed between a pumpkin grown by LNP backbencher Lawrence Springborg’s 304kg effort and a 330.4kg by Toowoomba horticulturalist Clinton McGrath.

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Michael March 3, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I love Aussie women they are soooo beautiful with sexy accents. :)

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