NZ farmer beats crop world record

A crop of Einstein winter wheat has achieved a new world wheat record for New Zealand farmer Mike Solari.

The crop, which was harvested in March, yielded 15.637 tonnes per hectare, beating the previous world record of 15.36 t/ha set by Mr Solari three years ago with a crop of Savannah.

Sixty-eight-year-old Mr Solari, who farms with his wife Margaret at Gore on New

Zealand’s South Island, attributes his success to a combination of factors, including the high yield potential of Einstein, which was bred in the UK by Nickerson,  the inherent productivity of the farm’s heavy river-silt soils, good farming techniques and the favourable climate which provides sufficient rain and sunshine to create a long, slow grain-fill period.

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