Eric Watson with a handful of his high-yielding wheat grainEric Watson with a handful of his high-yielding wheat grain
High disease pressure and a susceptible variety is hardly the recipe for a record-beating wheat crop, but that’s exactly what New Zealand grower Eric Watson had to work with on his way to setting the new Guinness World Record yield of 16.8t/ha. Farming at Wakanui on the Canterbury plain, about six miles from the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Mr Watson puts his blockbuster yield down to a first-rate seed-bed, a comprehensive spray strategy and top-rate plant nutrition. The […]