Brothers battle for top world wheat yields

Article taken from Farmers Weekly, written by David Jones
Plentiful supplies of water from irrigation is behind one wheat grower's attempt at a top yield this season, as he hopes to keep the world wheat record in the family. David Jones reports.
Richard Solari is hoping to beat his brother’s world record wheat yield this harvest on his light land in Shropshire with a helping hand from irrigation.
 

His sandy loam soils have produced wheat yields close to his older brother’s bumper harvest in New Zealand, and eliminating water stress could give him an edge.

Brother Mike emigrated to the southern tip of South Island 40 years ago and, in 2010, set a world record with a winter wheat yield of 15.6t/ha, setting a challenge for Richard back home.
Mike comes back most summers to his native Shropshire, and Richard jokes each year that this could be the season he equals or captures his brother’s world record.
 
“I can’t see why we can’t have the same or higher yield here,” says Richard.
 
His highest yield came from an irrigated crop of Oakley winter wheat in 2011, which managed 14.1t/ha, way ahead of his average farm yield of about 9t/ha.
 

Read the full article here

 

 

07 May 2014

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