No record attempt this season

Not even another bottle of champagne is likely to sway Eric and Maxine Watson to do another attempt at the world wheat yield growing record this season.

Heavy rain over the critical sowing phase thwarted thoughts of a repeat bid before it could even get started.

The Wakanui couple are recognised by the Guinness Book of Records after harvesting 16.791 tonnes per hectare on their farm in 2017 to take the previous record from UK farmer Rod Smith.

Curiously, one of the incentives for them to attempt the record was a fridge magnet of a magnum of champagne.

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