Gross margin contest
Main aim of the Wheat Challenge is to pinpoint the grower with the highest verified yield. But the competition includes a gross margin contest to find the financially most rewarding crop.
Mr Rennie nearly won that also. But despite omitted inputs his variable costs were higher than those of the winner, Andrew Needham of Lincs-based * E Tinsley, who beat him at the post by just £3/ha (£1.20/acre).
GrowerVarietyYieldPriceVar costs Gross margin
* E TinsleyBeaufort12.921012611045
Stenton Farming Consort/13.181012921042
(Gordon Rennie)Riband mix
G * ChennelsConsort11.14101260866
NB. For all farms fixed costs and area aid excluded.