A farmer from Ashburton, New Zealand, has won the Guinness World Record for the highest wheat yield for the second consecutive time.
Eric Watson’s crop of KWS Kerrin yielded 17.4 tonnes per hectare, beating his previous record crop grown in 2017 of 16.8t/ha.
Mr Watson said: "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. While we were thrilled with the record result in 2017, we saw ways in which we could make improvements and achieve an even higher yield."
"By trying new cultivars, switching to liquid nitrogen and monitoring plant health more regularly we were able to achieve another incredible result.
“Because of the high wheat yields we can grow on our farm we are pleased if we see yields increase year-on-year by 100-200 kg/ha. So to beat my last crop by almost 600 kg/ha exceeded even my hopes.”
The crop was planted in April 2019 and harvested on 17 February 27, 2020.