SYDNEY: Australian farmer Phillip McCauley has grown a massive 385.1 kg pumpkin in his farm.
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.
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.
“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.”
A 200mm rain dump three weeks ago forced Phillip to pull up his pumpkin, dubbed “The Big One”. It was a third under water.
“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.”
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.