‘Top of the crops’ awards handed out by Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society

Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society Wheat Competition presentations at Ryston Golf Club Denver.'LtoR, Robert Smart (Winter Wheat Winner), John Hall (SFAS Chairman), Douglas Inglis (Guest Speaker), Bill Legge (Spring Wheat Winner) ANL-160113-081734009

Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society Wheat Competition presentations at Ryston Golf Club Denver.'LtoR, Robert Smart (Winter Wheat Winner), John Hall (SFAS Chairman), Douglas Inglis (Guest Speaker), Bill Legge (Spring Wheat Winner) ANL-160113-081734009

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Stoke Ferry Agricultural Society held its annual wheat competition at Ryston Park Golf Club on January 12.

The trophies were presented to the winners by Douglas Inglis from Velcourt Ltd.

In the winter wheat competition there were seven entries and farmer Robert Smart, from Marshland St James, grew the winning sample of Coridale with a specific weight of 84.4. Second was Jim Smart with a sample of Coridale with a specific weight of 84.0 and third was Alan Askew & Son with a sample of Coridale with a specific weight of 82.4.

In the spring wheat competition there were two entries and farmer Bill Legge, from Southery, grew the winning sample of Mulika with a specific weight of 78.4. Second was Ed Lankfer with a sample of KWS Alderon with a specific weight of 74.8.

Following the presentation, the bi-annual Brains Trust took place. The panel included Mark Balfour, of Larking Gowan Accountants, Douglas Inglis, of Velcourt Ltd, and Simon Gilbey, of Brown & Co.

Topics covered included growing sugar beet at next year’s price, buying farmland, the pros and cons of EU membership and where should the government be spending money in the agricultural sector.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 2,at Ryston Park Golf Club. There will be a talk on future water requirements by Anglian Water.

The society’s annual dinner is being held on Friday, March 11, at Downham Town Hall.To buy tickets please contact Nick Martin on 07809 270757 by the end of February. New members are welcome.