15 November 1996

Can you meet the challenge?

HAVE your winter wheats consistently topped 10t/ha (4t/acre) in recent years? If so we want to hear from you.

Through the farmers weekly/PBI Cambridge Wheat Challenge, we are throwing down the gauntlet to see who can produce the highest verified wheat yield in the UK.

All were asking is for you to nominate a 5ha block of crop and keep records through the season. The crops with the highest yield potential will be harvested with independent assessors on site next summer. For the winner, theres a trophy and an exclusive, all expenses paid trip to see how the best fare in France and Germany, plus an insight into breeding developments of the future.

An added incentive is £1000 for the grower with the highest gross margin – which may or may not be the same crop!

And if you can manage to smash the standing world record of 13.99t/ha (5.7t/acre) theres an added bonus. Theres a perpetual trophy engraved with your name.

Just one proviso – your variety must be from the PBIC portfolio.

HOW TO ENTER

STAGE 1: Nominate your 5ha block by Dec 31.

STAGE 2: Confirm entry by June 15.

STAGE 3: Arrange independent yield assessment by local agronomist, field walker, etc by July 15.

STAGE 4: Crops with highest yield potential harvested with independent assessors on site.


FW/PBIC WHEAT CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………

Address: ………………………………………………………………………………

Post code: ……………………………………… Tel: …………………………..

Field name: ………………………………………………………………………….

Total field area: …………………………………………………………………….

Variety: ………………………………………………………………………………..

I enclose proof of varietal identity: seed label/invoice/cleaning or dressing records (delete as appropriate).

Send to : Louise Crane, PBIC, Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 2LQ.

RULES

1. I agree for my crop management programme to be reported upon in FARMERS WEEKLY once I have confirmed my entry in June.

2. Closing date for initial entries is Dec 31.

3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost or delayed in the post.

4. The judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. There are no alternative prizes.

Who can grow the UKs top wheat yield in 1997? We aim to find out.