Hobby farmer Reg Wells has produced two monster heritage butternut pumpkins, weighing 5.6kg and 4.2kg each, and said he had another three or four of the same size at home.
Despite the sizeable result of his latest crop, Shepparton’s Mr Wells said it was nothing new and he had become accustomed to growing large pumpkins.
Given he’s been growing fruit and vegetables since he was nine years old, he has picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, but is always up against the weather.
‘‘Keep them watered and keep the moisture up. If you water them early in the morning they’ll stay moist for longer,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a bit of a hobby, I grow all the vegetables on the table at home ... but I won’t grow cucumbers, waste of good ground.’’
Crocodile attacks livestock
A saltwater crocodile that killed a horse and savaged a cow, and is suspected of killing a dog, has been shot dead in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
The 3.5m crocodile spent six months venturing on to multiple properties around the Lower Ord River and being aggressive towards farmers and their livestock, the Department of Parks and Wildlife said.
The animal was captured and shot last Wednesday, one day after a 3m crocodile was shot dead at Cable Beach in Broome.
Drug dog receives certificate
Drug detection dog Louie has been presented with a certificate of commendation for eight years of loyal service with the Australian Federal Police.
Since 2009, Louie has detected $20million worth of drugs and $2.5million worth of illicit currency.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan presented the nine-year-old black Labrador with his certificate and collar, saying detection dogs like Louie were the front line in preventing illegal substances coming into Australia.