A Yorkshire farmer has fought off the challenges of this season’s weather to harvest a barn-busting barley yield of 11.987 tonnes per hectare, with a crop of HYVIDO® hybrid winter feed barley.

John Porter, who is a partner of FA Porter and Sons, Skirlaugh, near Hull, has been growing hybrid barley for more than five years.

This year, he has been attempting to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the highest barley yield. But despite not breaking the record – held by a yield of 12.2 tonnes per hectare of winter barley – he is still delighted with the crop’s performance.

That is particularly so since cold temperatures meant spring growth didn’t really start until just a few months ago, he notes. “It’s amazing considering the winter,” says Mr Porter of the yield result. “Hybrid barley has an enormous yield potential.

“Everything looked against it. Early spring growth wasn’t rapid because of the temperature. It was only from late April onwards that it started to grow.

“To get as close as that is testament to the potential of the variety, I would suggest.”

Following this yield, and having previously seen yields from the crop of between 11 and 12 tonnes per hectare, Mr Porter already has plans to plant all the winter barley area grown on the farm next season with Hyvido hybrid barley.

Yorkshire farmer John Porter already has plans to plant all the winter barley grown on his farm with Hyvido hybrids next season