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Quest for Britains top milling wheat grower closes 1 May

The quest to find Britains best bread-wheat groweris open until 1 May 2015. The nabim MillingWheat Challenge, supported by HGCA, is certain to attract a lot of interestthis year, with more farmers growing new group 1 wheat varieties.

nabim and HGCA are seeking growers who demonstrate exemplary attention todetail coupled with a very good understanding of what millers and bakers needin the wheat they use.

The expected increased area of Group 1 planting isa direct result of some good new varieties like Skyfall coming on to the HGCARecommended List, explains Martin Savage, Trade Policy Manager for nabim. Farmers who are new to growingGroup 1s, or havent grown them for some time, need to remember that attentionto detail is vital; but the incentive is there to do a good job with thisseasons full specification milling wheat premiums as high as 48/t.

The Milling Wheat Challenge started six years agoand has become established as a way for Britain’s flour millers to formallyrecognise the value of the country’s best growers to the processing trade

Mr Savage adds that nabim is looking for farmers who combine attention to detail withend-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the wholewheat chain. Last years winner, Joe Edwards, demonstrated a thorough technicalunderstanding of milling wheat production coupled with very solid businessacumen. 2014 was a particularly challenging year for growing bread-makingwheat, but it didnt deter our finalists from performing exceptionally well.

The three finalists in the 2014 Milling WheatChallenge were Joe Edwards, then of Boddington Estates Ltd., Boddington,Cheltenham, Bob Chapman, South Lodge Farm, Barnwell, Northamptonshire and RickDavies, Newton Lodge Farm, Clifton Reynes, Buckinghamshire. Joe Edwards nowfarms in West Sussex.

The competition judges are Martin Savage from nabim, Richard Laverick from HGCA andMark Ireland, a Lincolnshire Farmer.

Mark Ireland cites that the Milling Wheat Challengehas benefited the whole supply chain in creating stronger two-way dialogue andunderstanding up and down the milling wheat chain.

Entry forms are available via the nabim and HGCA websites. The closingdate for entries will be Friday, 1 May 2015 and the three finalists will beannounced at the Cereals Event on Wednesday 10 June. On-farm judging of thefinalists will take place in late June.

The finalists, their partners and an additionalguest, together with leaders from the UK wheat supply chain, will be invited toa celebration dinner hosted by nabimin October at the Ritz Hotel in London where the overall winner will beannounced.

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