Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles In this Oct. 7, 2017, photo provided by Susan Jutras, Joe Jutras stands with his world record breaking, 2,118-pound squash, following a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in Warren, R.I. (Susan Jutras via AP)
Great pumpkins! Grower wins trifecta of giant food titles
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A Rhode Island grower is first in the world to achieve a trifecta in the hobby of growing gargantuan foods: world records for heaviest pumpkin, longest long gourd and now, heaviest squash.

After previously breaking two records, Joe Jutras got his third last weekend when he smashed the giant squash record with one that weighed more than a ton. His green squash tipped the scales at 2,118 pounds (960 kilograms) during a weigh-in at Frerichs Farm in Warren last Saturday.

His other titles came in 2006, when he broke the record for longest gourd, with a 126.5-inch (3.21-meter) gourd, and in 2007, when he broke the record for largest pumpkin, with a fruit that weighed in at 1,689 pounds (766 kilograms). Both previous records have since been surpassed, but Jutras is the only grower so far to break world records in the three most competitive categories.

"It feels great," Jutras said Monday. "It's really been a goal of mine to try to achieve this."

Jutras has been working on the trifecta for a decade, since his pumpkin win. He was close to the goal a few years ago, but then a squash on track to break the record split. Now 62, Jutras recently retired from his work as a high-end cabinet maker to devote more time to his hobby.

Jutras noted that others had won multiple world records for fruits and vegetables before, but in categories such as carrots that are not as competitive.

He credits a new soil cultivation technique and a seed from last year's world record breaker for this year's win.

Ron Wallace, a multi-time pumpkin record breaker, called Jutras' feat "unbelievable"  and said Jutras' accomplishment showed the best of the hobby. "It's about people competing and pushing the boundaries," he said.

Jutras said his fruit is headed to New York City, where it will be on display this month at the New York Botanical Garden.

In February, he'll receive a coveted "green jacket" honor for his squash record at the annual convention in Oregon of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, considered the NFL of giant fruit and vegetable growing.

Asked what he plans to do next after achieving the trifecta, he said he's been thinking about the bushel gourd.

"I think the record now is about 279 pounds," Jutras said. "That might be something I might want to get into a bit."

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COMMENTS (8)
  • Hayley R-ent
    10/17/2017 - 09:49 a.m.

    It weighs tons of lb. Theirs lots of steps too. The thing that it is that you need good soil and That you have to take good care of the insects and all.

  • Ashish-bla
    10/19/2017 - 02:20 p.m.

    I am amazed and fascinated with this article, because Joe Jutras has made many accomplishments for breaking the world record, such as "in 2006, when he broke the record for longest gourd, with a 126.5-inch gourd." Also, "in 2007, he broke the record for largest pumpkin, with a fruit that weighed in at 1,689 pounds."
    He seems to be an expert on making fruits/veggies grow big amounts.

  • annec-cel
    10/20/2017 - 12:07 p.m.

    To grow such a large plant, a farmer would need a large plot of land so that it could have room to spread and grow. I do not know how long it takes to grow a squash or gourd but I imagine it would take several months just to grow one. Also, people must selectively breed larger variations in hopes of producing a record breaker. Cultivating the perfect crop must take several generations and harvests. Once the seed is planted, a grower needs to tend to his crop; watering, fertilizing, and removing weeds and insects. When a fruit grows to that size, it is in danger of splitting or bursting. Animals and fungi may try to eat it and holes could cause it to rot or be disqualified from ranking.

  • Erik E-gru
    10/20/2017 - 02:22 p.m.

    why we do dis xD

  • Erik E-gru
    10/20/2017 - 02:45 p.m.

    a bunch of healthy stuff

  • RaymondH-gru
    10/20/2017 - 02:45 p.m.

    Physical Work, It takes a lot of work...

























































    why you do this

  • WilliamF-gru
    10/20/2017 - 02:46 p.m.

    the water helps the fruit grow and maice grow helps it grow faster

  • KaylaR-gru
    10/20/2017 - 02:48 p.m.

    fertilizer.

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