Cereal YEN Competition Rules
A complete rule booklet is provide in the Competition Entry Pack, but is also available on our Rules and Protocols page.
A summary of the key rules are provided below.
1. Crops can be grown anywhere in the British Isles, or further afield if appropriate long-term and current weather data are available.
2. The competition is open to any cereal crop - wheat, barley, oats, triticale or even grain maize, and there is a separate competition for oilseed rape.
3. As an entrant, how you manage your crop is up to you; the aim is to break records so you will probably need to think differently, create new conditions, use new techniques, novel inputs, free the crop from constraints.
4. There are separate categories for fields and research plots. Field entries may be whole fields or sub-fields, but most cover a minimum area of 2 ha or more (8 ha qualifies for submission to the Guinness Book of Records). Trial entries must be averaged from at least 3 plots covering a minimum area of 50 m².
5. There is no limit on the number of entries per site, or the number of sites per member, though additional competition fees may applied.
6. After registration, entrants will receive an estimate of potential grain yield, based on average weather and soil information from their site. After harvest their actual verified yield will be compared with the seasonal yield potential, based on actual weather data. Proformas for site registration and site and crop descriptions can be downloaded from the member's area.
Awards: Gold, Silver & Bronze awards will be made for both maximum grain yield and maximum percent of seasonal potential yield.
Annual Conference: All competitors are invited to an autumn conference where the results will be announced. Results will be presented to inspire and prioritise ideas for further innovation and research.