A farmer in New Zealand has claimed the Guinness World Record for the highest wheat yield for the second time in-a-row.
Eric Watson produced a staggering 17.398 tonnes per hectare, beating his previous record of 16.791 tonnes, which he set three years ago.
On average, irrigated wheat yields in New Zealand are known to produce in the region of 12 tonnes per hectare.
He said that while he was “thrilled” with the record result in 2017, he saw ways in which he could make improvements and achieve an even higher yield.
He explained that by trying new cultivars, switching to liquid nitrogen and monitoring plant health more regularly, another “incredible result” was achieved.
Yields increasing year-on-year by 100-200kg/ha
“We are very proud to have achieved such a result. The Guinness World Record is a nice recognition of our hard work and new innovations we‘ve put in place.” the Ashburton-based farmer explained.
“Because of the high wheat yields, we can grow on our farm, we are pleased if we see yields increase year-on-year by 100-200kg/ha.”
“So, to, beat my last crop by almost 600kg/ha exceeded even my hopes,” he added.
Planted in April 2019 and harvested on February 17th, 2020, the wheat variety is Kerrin, bred by KWS and supplied by Carrfields Grain & Seed.