Jake Freestone: Report published

2013 Scholar, Jake Feestone's report is now available on the Nuffield International website, click here to see the full report. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled: 'Breaking the wheat yield plateau in the UK'.



Report Title       

Breaking the wheat yield plateau in the UK


Jake Freestone 


Central Region Farmers Trust


Objectives of the study tour: 

  • To investigate the techniques employed by wheat growers around the world to increase yields.
  • To understand the limiting factors to high yielding wheat crops and how these factors can be minimalized.


  • Improved soil management through zero tillage, longer and more diverse rotations, cover crops and livestock integration are the key factors to increase yields and are in the farmer's own control.
  • Although out of a farmer's direct control, understanding the impact of climate change, rainfall and genetics, has a vital role to play in the realisation of yield potential.

See Jake's Report at: