New Zealand farmer sets new world record for wheat yield

04.04.2017

A new world record has been set for the highest yielding wheat crop.

Weighing in at 16.79 tonnes to the hectare, the wheat was grown near Ashburton in New Zealand, and has just been certified by Guinness World Records.

The record setting figure is eight times higher than the average Australian wheat yield.

Eric Watson who grew the crop said it was an honour to have the record recognised.

"It's very significant and it's quite a delight," he said.

"We're proud to hold it, especially for the New Zealand arable industry, which is so small."

"We are an important part of the NZ agricultural scene. We grow a lot of vegetable seed crops for the European and Asian market. It's an important part of our rotation."
How it was grown

Mr Watson laughed as he discussed growing the world's biggest crop when prices were at historic lows.

"That's farming. You take it and you move on," he said.

The wheat was an English variety called Oakley, and was grown on silty clay soil with a water holding capacity of 180mm.

The crops were irrigated twice, and only received 285 kg of applied nitrogen, which Mr Watson said was 'quite low'.
So what happens to the world record crop?

Well, it doesn't face a particularly special future according to Mr Watson.

"It's just gone into a big heap in the shed with my feed wheat."

"Some of it will be delivered down to five star beef which is just down the road from us.

Some of it's not even sold yet, some of it's been contracted down there but it's just mixed in with all the other varieties, pretty much."


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