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Grower sets new UK wheat yield record

Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman broke the UK wheat yield record with a harvest of 14.5t/ha last summer as he won an Adas organised yield competition. Mr Lamyman bettered his own record set in 2013 of 14.31t/ha as he narrowed the gap on the world wheat yield record set in New Zealand. In a summer of high yields, Mr Lamyman also scooped the top prize in Adas’ Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) to add to his world record oilseed rape yield this summer. The yield of his crop of Kielder winter wheat harvested in early September is edging closer to Mike Solari’s 15.7t/ha achieved in 2010 in New Zealand’s South Island. A key aspect of Mr Lamyman’s success was applying multiple nutrients through the season using foliar feeds which encouraged the production of cytokinin plant hormones in the crop. He used a product called Delta K nine times throughout the season which encouraged cytokinin growth to bring flowering forward to 30 May and slow down later growth to extend the grain-filling period. “These applications encouraged rooting early in the season producing a greater number of tillers and good head numbers from a low seed rate,” he said after an awards presentation on Thursday.”  Mr Lamyman also came top in the YEN potential yield category achieving 76% of his theoretical 19t/ha yield. These two awards came on top of his world record yield of 6.14t/ha for oilseed rape last summer. His wheat yield beat 2013 YEN winner Mark Means, who achieved 13.41t/ha with Cordiale on his west Norfolk farm, and Mr Lamyman’s potential 76% yield was ahead of Lincolnshire grower Robert Pask, who won the... read more