Dedication and hard work paid off for South Island farmers who this year broke the Guinness World Record for the largest barley crop harvest. Warren and Joy Darling, from Timaru New Zealand, achieved a harvest of 13.8 metric tonnes of barley from just one hectare of land – comfortably passing the previous record of 12.2 metric tonnes.
Considerable preparation over several years were key ingredients to their success, along with some favourable weather conditions. During the last five years the farmers worked with their fertilizer company to come up with a formulation that reduced nutrient losses, systematically developed methods for managing crop residues, and developed minimum soil cultivation practices.
Work record yield titles are nothing new Down Under, our farmers also hold titles for largest canola and highest wheat yield respectively.
By Sujit Kalidas, Investment Manager, BioPacific Partners