VIDEO: Oilseed rape record is smashed in the Wolds

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A Wolds farmer has beaten the Kiwis to smash the world oilseed rape record.

Farmer Tim Lamyman, from Worlaby near Louth, and his dedicated team have harvested the highest-yielding oilseed rape crop on record. New Zealand previously held the accolade, with a yield of 6.3 tonnes per hectare.

Farmer Tim Lamyman, from Worlaby near Louth, and his dedicated team have harvested the highest-yielding oildseed rape crop on record. EMN-150817-100640001

Farmer Tim Lamyman, from Worlaby near Louth, and his dedicated team have harvested the highest-yielding oildseed rape crop on record. EMN-150817-100640001

Typically, winter varieties such as Tim’s only yield around 3 tonnes per hectare, making the achievement all the more impressive.

Tim and his team have beaten the record by 0.4 tonnes per hectare, achieving a whopping 6.7 tonnes per hectare.

Harvesting the crop, drilled on August 21 last year, was a massive undertaking.

The field took 10 hours to combine, with the machinery suffering two minor breakdowns.

Tim said: “The crop looked fantastic all season.

“The stems of rape were exceptionally thick , they looked more like three branches than plants! I am very proud of my hardworking team of six.

“My son and daughter, Robert and Emma, also worked hard to help when things went wrong on the day!”

Oilseed rape is widely used in cooking oils.

The crop was sold to Frontier Agriculture Ltd and delivered to a grain store at AW Smith and Sons Ltd, Belchford.