Watch Eric’s incredible story about his GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Highest wheat yield.


Eric and NZ’s incredible feat of growing a world-beating wheat crop.

On the 17th Feb 2020 the Watsons’ big CASE IH harvester muscled through his paddock of outstanding Kerrin wheat situated on his farm at Wakanui, near Ashburton, and harvested what is now an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Highest wheat yield ever grown.

The stunning 17.398 tonne per hectare yield surpassed Eric’s own previous world record of 16.791 tonnes per hectare achieved in 2017. Eric paid tribute to the support he had received from the team put together to support this record attempt, but especially from David Weith of Bayer and Paul Johnson of Yara.

What makes this story even more incredible is that Eric and David, with an eye on the future, applied inputs with a focus on sustainability to achieve this record.

It’s Eric vision that the future of arable farming globally lies in higher yields obtained from the same amount, or even less land and with sustainable inputs and less of a footprint.

While the honour of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title lies with Eric, he hopes this achievement will draw attention to the great work done across the plains of Canterbury by New Zealand’s skilled and professional arable farmers.

A lot of work, expertise and dedication goes into a world record attempt -