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  1. Two Staffordshire farmers have proved that an attention to detail when growing crops pays off as they are named as winners in the national Yield Enhancement Network Competition.

    John Billington of Adbaston Hall, near Newport won a Bronze award for his 5.9t/ha yield of oilseed rape. Whilst Mark Swift of Red House Farm, High-Onn near Stafford won the best potential yield for his crop of winter wheat achieving 64% of the 15.8t/ha potential.

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     Findings from the second year of trials at the Hutchinsons Fenland potato demonstration are shedding new light on ways to improve crop management for optimum yield and quality.

    Six different aspects of agronomy are being examined at AL Lee Farming Company's Friesland Farm, near Mildenhall, in Suffolk. The operation opened its doors to growers from across the region on 11 July.

  2. UK farmer defies science with his high yielding rye crop in the 2018 drought

    The Yield Enhancement Network Competition attracted more entrants than ever in 2018. At the YEN Awards Conference on Thursday 22nd November top yields were around 16 t/ha for cereals and over 6 t/ha for oilseeds and, despite the drought, one crop of rye broke the YEN yield-gap record by achieving 103% of its site potential! The rooting depth of this crop must have exceeded anything that ADAS scientists thought was possible.