Grower picks a winning combination

A visit to Cereals 2008 certainly paid off for South Yorkshire farmer John Pearson, after he scooped 100ha of Nickerson Original cereal seed in the Farmers Weekly/Nickerson Direct competition.


Mr Pearson, of D&J Pearson, who farms 240ha of arable and grass at Wentworth near Rotherham, was one of 400 entries. He correctly calculated the number of rugby balls in a McCormick tractor (182 for the record).


He selected Alchemy, Istabraq and Exsept winter wheat plus Carat and Retriever winter barley from the company’s portfolio of varieties.


“This has been a good season for drilling and all the varieties have established well,” said Mr Pearson. “I grow the feed barleys for fattening cattle and pigs, but wanted to switch from six-row barleys, so I chose Retriever, which is a two-row with six-row yield,” he added.


John Pearson prize winner with Nickerson Direct

John Pearson (left), pictured with Alastair Moore and Sean Corey (right) of Nickerson Direct, as he prepares to drill the final batch of his prize-winning seed.



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