2 June 2000


ARE you a dab hand at growing wheat? If you know which variety to grow for which market and how to match sowing rate to variety, seed-bed and drilling date then why not try your hand at our Wheat Grower Challenge.

All you need to do is correctly answer the questions below and you could be well on your way to securing the top prize of 3t of new group 2 winter wheat Option worth over £1000. Closing date is June 16 – so why not put pen to paper now?

Organised by farmers weekly and sponsored by major UK breeder PBIC Seeds 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 over £1000-worth of Option seed.

3t Optionseed prize

Finalists will be invited to the headquarters of PBIC Seeds in Cambridge, where the winner will receive a trophy to keep and all finalists will receive a special framed certificate. The winner of the FW/PBIC Seeds Wheat Grower Challenge will receive 3t of seed of the latest addition to the PBIC Seeds portfolio – the Group II variety Option –

worth over £1000.

Read the Rules

1) The competition is open to all bona-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 Jun 16, 2000.

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 PBIC Seeds. Their decision will be final. No further correspondence will be entered into.

6) The winner and finalists will be announced and presentations made at PBIC Seeds, Cambridge. Entrants must agree to attend the event and co-operate in subsequent publicity.

Sponsors message

To be a successful wheat grower requires a multitude of skills, ranging from good farm practice and husbandry to planning and marketing. PBIC Seeds is delighted to sponsor this farmers weekly initiative. We believe it will give further recognition to the skills and knowledge required to be a successful wheat grower in todays testing farming environment.

By targeting the market, whether it be for human consumption, animal feed or export, growers can meet market demands to maximise margin. Successful wheat businesses rely on selecting the right variety for the intended market, using appropriate husbandry to optimise inputs, and combining that variety knowledge with the latest farming techniques such as reduced tillage or harvest management to manage fixed costs. PBIC Seeds is dedicated to supporting farmers efforts by supplying varieties across the wide range of end uses, backed up by technical and agronomic information to help make the appropriate choices for the market place. PBIC Seeds looks forward to meeting the winner of the Wheat Grower Challenge 2000.

The first 100 entries will receive

a free Napier screen saver and

the latest agronomic information

on the PBIC Seeds portfolio.


Questions [tick correct answer]

1 How many brome plants/sq m will reduce yield by 1t/ha ?

A 5 [ ] B 50 [ ] C 100 [ ]

2 Which quality of UK wheats has the highest export potential for use in bread making and blended flours ?

A Group 1 [ ] B Group 2 [ ] C Group 3 [ ]

3 Which factor has most significant effect on severity of take-all ?

A Nitrogen rate [ ] B Seed rate [ ] C Drill date [ ]

4 Which varietal characteristic is most important for early drilling ?

A Slow development [ ] B Low tillering [ ] C Mildew Resistant [ ]

5 What is the size of the UK feed wheat market?

A 3Mt [ ] B 4Mt [ ] C 6Mt [ ]

6 What is the average time saving achieved using minimal tillage rather than ploughing?

A 15% [ ] B 35% [ ] C 50% [ ]

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