2 February 1996

COULD YOUR WHEAT

BE BEST IN CLASS?

RULES

1. The competition is open to all bona fide farmers and farm managers.

2. Complete the entry form in ink and send it to the address on the coupon.

3. Closing date is Feb 23, 1996.

4. Late, incomplete, mutilated and illegible entries will be disqualified, as will any which do not comply with these rules. No responsibility will be accepted for entries delayed or lost in the post. Proof of postage will not be accepted as proof of delivery.

5. The judges will be appointed by RASE, Cargill, Rank Hovis and farmers weekly. Their decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

6. The winners and runners-up will be announced and presentations made at a special ceremony in London. Entrants must agree to attend the event and co-operate in subsequent publicity.

ENTHUSIASM for producing high quality products demanded by discerning buyers is much in evidence among Quality Wheat Grower of the Year contestants each season.

Whether working for a large agribusiness or a small family farm, all have a sense of pride in getting the job right.

Once again, farmers weekly has joined forces with merchant Cargill and miller Rank Hovis to support the RASE competition and find another top milling wheat grower worthy of the 1996 title.

What will the judges be looking for? "Success is all about selecting a variety to do a particular job, achieving a sensible balance between quality and quantity and cultivating a crop with care and attention over the whole growing season," says Rank Hoviss wheat projects manager Richard Butler.

"It must then be stored efficiently and hygienically after harvest, and the wheat delivered must be just what the customer requires.

"The very best UK wheat growers have proved they can excel in all these areas over recent years."

Doug King, Cargills national grain manager, believes such standards must be maintained. "Continued production of quality wheat by UK growers is essential to take full advantage of diverse domestic and export markets.

"UK wheat is increasingly in competition, not only with European wheats, but with those from the USA and Canada. If millers and exporters cannot source wheat of the quality they need in the UK, they will find alternative sources, leaving UK growers with fewer, discounted market opportunities.

"This competition is of great value to the industry. It emphasises that, to have a long-term future, growers must produce what the market needs, and those who achieve that goal will be well rewarded."

Last years Quality Wheat Grower of the Year Greg Bliss on his way to winning a cheque for £1000, an engraved glass trophy and a certificate. Two runners-up also receive trophies and certificate.

HOW TO COMPETE

All growers in the UK are eligible, including farm managers.

To enter the competition and to have the chance of winning a unique "Quality Wheat Grower" pen, complete the questionnaire and self-entry form.

Nominated entries are also welcome. If you know a grower producing top quality milling wheat, you can give him the chance to get the recognition he deserves. Check he is willing to take part, then simply complete the nomination form.

Successful entrants will receive a more detailed questionnaire, prior to regional farm visits. Finalists selected from this stage will be visited by the judging team, consisting of representatives from Cargill, Rank Hovis, RASE and farmers weekly. A harvested sample will then be analysed by Rank Hovis.

If you think you have what it takes to be Quality Wheat Grower of the Year 1996, or you know someone who has, send off your entry today.

NOMINATION FORM

Your name…………………………………………………………………………………

Your address……………………………………………………………………………..

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…………………………………………………………………..Your tel…………………

Farmers name……………………………………………………………………………

Farmers address………………………………………………………………………..

……………………………………………………………………………………………….

…………………………………………………………………Farmers tel……………..

I have contacted the farmer and he/she agrees to being nominated.

Signed………………………………………………………………………………………

Post to: Quality Wheat Grower Award, RASE, NAC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwicks CV8 2LZ, to arrive by Feb 23.


QUESTIONNAIRE

For question 1 enter order of priority. For questions 2-4 tick correct answer(s). For question 5 enter three short answers.

1. Rank these varieties in order of acceptability to flour millers for breadmaking (1 best, 4 worst).

Genesisn

Brigadiern

Sparkn

Axonan

2. Approximately what

proportion of UK milling flour can, in a good year, be

produced from home-grown wheat?

57%n

69%n

85%n

3. Which of the following is most likely to harm gluten quality in a consignment of wheat?

Storing over 6 monthsn

Drying too vigorouslyn

Harvesting too earlyn

4. Should you increase or decrease your planned seed rate given the following factors?

Inc Dec

Cloddy

seed-bedn &#42

Late drillingn &#42

Seed of low

1000-grain &#42 &#42

weight

Dry seed-bedn &#42

5. What are the three most important aspects of grain storage?

1 ……………………………………..

2 ……………………………………..

3 ……………………………………..

SELF-ENTRY FORM

Name…………………………………………………………………………………………

Address………………………………………………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………….Tel……………………………………

Signed………………………………………………………………………………………..

Post, with completed questionnaire, to: Quality Wheat Grower Award, RASE, NAC, Stoneleigh Park, Warwicks CV8 2LZ to arrive by Feb 23.