Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin farmer grew a 2,520-pound pumpkin believed to be the heaviest grown in the country this year, but it was disqualified from competition due to a crack.
Mike Schmit of Markesan said he has been growing giant pumpkins for years, but this year marked the first time one of his gourds surpassed 2,500 pounds.
The grower said the crack is believed to be a result of internal pressure from the pumpkin's large size and the awkward way it was growing
The pumpkin could have earned Schmit a $22,680 prize from 2021 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in California, which offers a $9-per-pound prize to the winner.
Schmit said he is now looking toward the future.
"It happens. There's no crying in pumpkin growing," Schmit told WTMJ-TV. "I know I can do it again, so we just gotta look forward to the future."
The all-time record for a pumpkin grown in the United States was set in 2018 by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, N.H., whose pumpkin tipped the scales at 2,528 pounds.