A ROGUE cow strolling into Nambour High School’s garden could have provided the secret ingredient needed to produce the state’s biggest sunflower.
The mammoth sunflower was nearly 200 grams heavier than its closest rival when it weighed in at 2.83 kilograms at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus last week.
Little wonder Nambour High was crowned grand champion, beating 220 students from across the state and Northern New South Wales in UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Sunflower Competition.
Year Nine Agricultural Science teacher Courtney Hinds and her class were stunned.
“We are so excited and still in shock,” Ms Hinds said.
“We only decided to attend last minute, so to win first and third place in the Year Eight, Nine and Ten category was amazing.
“The outcome could have been so different.
“We’ve got prize dairy cattle and in the first week they somehow got in and ate a lot of the seedlings,” Ms Hinds said.
“One of them left his calling card in a pot and the students joked this extra bit of manure must have been what helped this sunflower grow.”
The students walked away with $450 in prize money.
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