WHEAT GROWER CHALLENGE

7 May 1999




WHEAT GROWER CHALLENGE

IF you know which variety to grow for which market and how to match sowing rate to variety, seed-bed and drilling date then it could well pay you to try your hand at our Wheat Grower Challenge.

If you can correctly answer the questions below you could be well on your way to securing the top prize of a cheque for £1000. And for the first 20 entries received there are free tickets to the national combinable crops event, Cereals 99, worth £7.50 each. Closing date is May 28 – so why not put pen to paper now?

Organised by farmers weekly and sponsored by major UK breeder PBI Cambridge the aim of the competition is to identify and promote best practice in cereal production.

A high yield is not the sole criteria. We are looking for a clear understanding of the processes involved in growing a top cereal crop, as well as an awareness of market needs and environmental issues and careful control of inputs and overheads.

Entrants who successfully complete the questionnaire stage of the competition will enter a round of on-farm judging in early July.

To enter, answer the simple questions below. You could soon be well on your way to being £1000 the richer for it.

Sponsors message

To be a successful wheat grower requires a multitude of skills ranging from good farm practice and husbandry to planning and marketing.

The demands placed on farmers are constantly changing and the challenge is to meet those demands while continuing the inherent farming ethos.

PBI Cambridge is delighted to sponsor this farmers weekly initiative. We believe it will give further recognition to Britains best and to the importance of their knowledge.

Key to farming success is understanding end-user requirements. By targeting the market, whether it be for human consumption, animal feed or export, growers can meet market demands and make that all-important gross margin. This can be achieved by selecting the right variety for the intended market and using the appropriate husbandry to optimise the inputs.

PBI Cambridge is dedicated to supporting farmers efforts by supplying varieties across the wide range of end users, backed up by technical and agronomic information to help make the appropriate choices for the market-place.

PBI Cambridge looks forward to meeting the Wheat Grower of the Year.

£1000

TOP PRIZE

The winner will be presented with a cheque for £1000 and a trophy to keep. All finalists will be invited to an expenses paid awards presentation and lunch at the headquarters of PBI Cambridge in Cambridge. Finalists will also receive a special framed certificate.

1) The competition is open to all bone fide farmers and farm managers in the UK. One entry per person.

2) Complete the entry form in ink and post or fax to the address on the coupon.

3) Closing date is May 28, 1999.

4) Late, incomplete, mutilated and ineligible 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.

5) The judges will be appointed by FARMERS WEEKLY and

PBI Cambridge. Their decision will

be final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

6) The winner and finalists will

be announced and presentations made at a special lunch reception at PBI Cambridge, Cambridge. Entrants must agree to attend the event and co-operate in subsequent publicity.

WHEAT CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM

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

Address………………………………………………………………………………………..

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

…………………………………………………………..Postcode………………………….

Phone …………………………………….. Fax …………………………………………….

Farm size ………………………………… Wheat area ………………………………….

Typical yields ………………………………………………………………………………..

Typical quality ……………………………………………………………………………….

Q1 What is the most likely cause of floppy, mottled green leaves, with tips

still green.

a) manganese deficiency b) magnesium deficiency c) BYDV

Q2 What is the pre-harvest target for tiller numbers in w wheat?

a) 300/sq m b) 600/sqm c) 900/sqm

Q3 What is the main cause of low Hagbergs?

a) excess nitrogen b) cold weather c) grain sprouting

Q4 Which weed causes most yield loss per plant?

a) chickweed b) wild oat c) poppy

Q5 What grain type best suits biscuit production?

a) soft b) hard c) either

Q6 How much wheat yield usually comes from the flag leaf?

a) 20% b) 30% c) 45%

Q7 How much rain is needed to spread Septoria disease up a cereal plant?

a) 10mm b) 1mm c) dew

Send to: Cereal Grower Challenge, farmers weekly, Quadrant House, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Fax: 0181-652 4005. Closing date Fri, May 28 1999.


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