YEN 2017 Competition winners - farmer profiles

Cereal YEN 2017

 

 

 

Edward Vipond

 

Best % of potential yield

Silver

Sponsor

Syngenta

Location

Northumberland

Variety   

Dickens

Proportion of yield potential

Yield

77% of 16.0 t/ha

12.38 t/ha

 

Neil farms in partnership with his father and brother a total of 1,200 hectares split between own land,  tenanted land and in a contract farming arrangement.  His rotation includes Group 3/4 wheat , winter oilseed rape , 6 row winter barley, vining peas and he also rents land for potatoes and carrots.  In addition to the cropping Neil keeps 120  Aberdeen Angus suckler cows on farm with followers,  and has some land in the HLS scheme.  Neil’s strategy is to push for high yields with 85% of his wheat first wheat and using mintill after all break crops for establishment.  Neil ploughs before winter barley and root crops.  Careful use of farmyard manure, compost and break crop residues helps to improve field organic matter, P and K and soil structure .   Soil mapping, yield mapping on combine with tracks, and using GPS on tractors/ challengers  for accuracy all contributed to his  positive results.  

 Most crops have to be dried and cut with average MC of between 16-19%  in a normal year and about 3 weeks behind farmers in the south.  Neil thinks that the daylight  has really helped push higher yields in the North East this year.

Neil attributes his winning crop to good establishment and early drilling, T0 Spray, N and S liquid fertiliser, plenty of PGR and trace elements and lastly crop walking and attention to detail.  

 

Neil is keen to try and set a farm bench mark and is open to discussion with like-minded farmers.   

 

 

 

Edward Vipond

 

Best Field Yield

Bronze

Sponsor

BASF

Location

Suffolk

Variety   

KWS Santiago

Proportion of yield potential

Yield

69% of 20.9 t/ha

14.6 t/ha

 

Edward farm’s 1,215ha in hand covering 15 miles with variable soil types ranging from Breckland sand to heavy clay. Edward’s rotation included wheat, oilseed rape, spring beans, sugar beet, combining rye, forage rye & forage maize.

Edward attributes his high yields to high ear numbers that managed to fill in spite of very dry conditions this year . The fungicide approach used was to split the conventional T1 & T2 timings with an intermediary spray (T1.5) to control foliar disease that either could be seen by the human eye or not.

 

 

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