Winner of the first YEN wheat quality award is Sam Markillie, of family business Arthur Markillie, who farms 1,000ha (2,470 acres) near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Soil type is silty clay loam.
Mr Markillie entered a field of Gallant in the competition, achieving a yield of 12.54 tonnes/ha (5.07t/acre) - 60 per cent of his calculated YEN grain yield potential. Protein content was 13.4 per cent. Protein yield, a key parameter on which competition entrants were judged, was 1.43t/ha (0.58t/acre). Mr Markillie also achieved a high Hagberg of 419.
Total N application was 277kg/ha in six splits. Straw is always incorporated and biosolids are used to boost soil organic matter.
The farm’s rotation is winter wheat, winter wheat, spring beans, winter wheat, winter wheat, oilseed rape. Sixty-five per cent of the area is wheat and 75 per cent of this is milling wheat, evenly split between Group 1 and Group 2 varieties. The remaining 25 per cent is Group 3 varieties.
Twenty-five growers entered the competition with Will Machin, who farms in Oxfordshire taking second place and Tom Paybody, who farms in Northamptonshire, taking third.