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YEN WINNER BAGS TOP OF THE CROPS

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- Farmers Guardian

THE winner of the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) wheat quality award went to Norfolk farmer and Hutchinsons agronomist Alexander Wilcox, who achieved 12.16 tonnes/hectare and the highest protein yield of 1.35t/ha with the variety Crusoe. Alex Wilcox YEN Award Milling Wheat 2019 Hutchinsons cropped

Mr Wilcox's entry was praised for its excellent grain analytical quality. Despite gluten being slightly resistant, a trend seen across the 2018 wheat crop generally, loaves had good structure and texture.

Sam Markillie from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, came in second place with a crop of KWS Zyatt achieving 11.83t ha and 1.32t/ha protein. In third place, was Essex farmer Richard Carr with a 10.06t/ha crop of Crusoe with a protein content of 1.3t/ha.