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World record holders celebrate NZ success

New Zealand’s arable industry is on top of the world at the moment thanks to Ashburton farmers Eric and Maxine Watson securing a new world record for wheat yield.

Their success comes only two years after Timaru farmers Warren and Joy Darling achieved the barley yield world record.

With Bayer heavily involved in both records, the company brought the Watsons and Darlings together for a special celebration in Ashburton last week.

World Record Wheat Harvest Eric Watson Bayer Crop Science NZ

The Watsons were officially presented with their Guinness World Record certificate by Bayer CEO for Australia and New Zealand Tobias Marchand.

Also present were representatives from Yara who provided nutritional advice on Eric’s crop as well as those involved in harvesting the record crop, including Justices of the Peace and surveyors.

Bayer New Zealand Crop Science head Scott Hanson says the fact that the Canterbury region has produced two world record crops was well worth celebrating.

“It was great to bring the Watsons and Darlings together to celebrate what is essentially farming at its most successful.

“Naturally, Bayer is proud of its agronomy advice and farming inputs that helped achieve these world records, but really at the end of the day it comes down to the skill and passion of the farmer – that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated.”

And for the record, the world record yields these farmers have are:

Wheat – 16.791 tonnes/ha

Barley – 13.8 tonnes/ha.