A horticulture teacher from Minnesota has clinched the annual 47th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with this 2,350lb (1,066kg) monster.

The gigantic gourd — which weighs about the same as a crappy hatchback – was driven 35 hours to the contest in the back of Travis Gienger’s ute.

He won $US16,450 for his efforts.

The world record was set by in 2016 by a Belgian farmer at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Germany. That behemoth weighed in 2,600 pounds (1,179 kilograms).

To markets — The ASX opened weaker before bouncing back, with the ASX 200 down only marginally by lunchtime Wednesday.

WINNERS:

Here are the best performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday, October 14:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
SCU Stemcell United 0.024 100 $ 7,699,300.37
GLH Global Health 0.39 70 $ 9,682,613.60
UNL United Networks 0.11 57 $ 27,466,556.74
PRM Prominence Energy 0.007 40 $ 1,998,567.84
SRY Story-I 0.023 35 $ 6,288,585.41
MSI Multistack International 0.031 29 $ 2,695,294.18
IDZ Indoor Skydive 0.019 27 $ 5,050,501.49
RXH Rewardle Holding 0.01 25 $ 4,210,571.90
DOU Douugh 0.13 24 $ 32,009,077.38
ODM Odin Metals 0.033 22 $ 7,012,422.05
CST Castile Resources 0.445 22 $ 72,894,194.17
RNX Renegade Exploration 0.0085 21 $ 6,038,386.47
IKE Ikegps Group 1.02 20 $ 111,581,350.45
DLC Delecta 0.006 20 $ 5,043,106.03
SAN Sagalio Energy 0.019 19 $ 3,274,562.08
CDT Castle Minerals 0.013 18 $ 5,351,930.00
ZEU Zeus Resources 0.021 17 $ 3,242,700.00
CGB Cann Global 0.007 17 $ 21,399,492.80
CZN Corazon 0.0035 17 $ 9,760,077.44

The first drill hole in Castile Resources’ (ASX:CST) first ever drilling program at the ‘Rover 1’ prospect has pulled up a stunning intercept of 30.4 metres at 35.6 g/t gold, 506.5m from surface.

Cashed-up ~$5m market cap minnow Castle Minerals (ASX:CDT) is drilling its recently acquired Wanganui gold project in WA.

Infrastructure technology company ikeGPS (ASX:IKE) has landed another contract in the US market.

StemCell United (ASX:SCU) announced it had signed a joint venture to cultivate and farm sea grapes in Singapore – which would utilise the company’s plant stem cell technology.

And health software stock Global Health (ASX:GLH) announced a partnership with Asthma Australia.

LOSERS:

Here are the worst performing ASX small cap stocks at 12pm Wednesday, October 14:

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CODE NAME PRICE % CHANGE MARKET CAP
ANW Aus Tin Mining 0.001 -33 $5,161,327.76
CCE Carnegie Cln Energy 0.001 -33 $ 16,712,178.68
UUV UUV Aquabotix 0.001 -33 $ 2,688,366.91
CLZ Classic Minerals 0.0015 -25 $ 26,678,279.47
QFY Quantify Tech 0.0015 -25 $ 4,017,099.49
GGX Gas2Grid 0.002 -20 $ 3,309,992.46
VAL Valor Resources 0.004 -20 $ 9,604,240.43
BSX Blackstone Minerals 0.41 -15 $ 154,075,862.15
AHL Ahalife Holdings 0.006 -14 $ 9,309,919.74
ASP Aspermont 0.006 -14 $ 15,941,203.17
FPL Fremont Petroleum 0.003 -14 $ 13,738,127.16
RDN Raiden Resources 0.038 -14 $ 23,697,240.73
HCD Hydrocarbon Dynamic 0.028 -13 $ 11,099,223.78
AQC Australian Pacific Coal 0.14 -13 $ 8,077,569.60
AQS Aquis Entertainment 0.031 -11 $ 1,250,171.16
ARO Astro Resources 0.008 -11 $ 13,166,207.21
BIQ Buildingiq 0.008 -11 $ 3,363,056.54
IPB IPB Petroleum 0.033 -11 $ 10,456,380.12
PSC Prospect Resources 0.17 -11 $ 54,327,939.56