New Zealand farmer Eric Watson has just harvested the highest yielding wheat crop ever.
ABC rural reports that the record, weighing in at 16.79 tonnes to the hectare, was grown near Ashburton in New Zealand, and has been certified by Guinness World Records. The record setting figure is eight times higher than the average Australian wheat yield.
The wheat was an English variety called Oakley, and was grown on silty clay soil with a water holding capacity of 180mm. The crops were irrigated twice, and only received 285 kg of applied nitrogen, which Mr Watson said was ‘quite low’.
So what happens to the wheat? “Well, it doesn’t face a particularly special future,” according to Mr Watson. “It’s just gone into a big heap in the shed with my feed wheat.”