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Easton and Otley College students’ growing success

13:18 13 June 2014

from left to right – Easton and Otley students – Kyran List, Helen Robinson, Lewis Fyans and Owen Smith

from left to right – Easton and Otley students – Kyran List, Helen Robinson, Lewis Fyans and Owen Smith

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Students from Easton and Otley College have won a national crop growing agricultural competition at Cereals 2014.

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The farming learners – based at the Norfolk campus - took part in an event called The Cereals Challenge.

The win saw the team pick up a trophy and £1000 prize money to share between the team members - plus an additional £500 for the College.

All those who entered the competition were given a plot of land in Chrishall Grange farm in Cambridge where they have been growing a crop of Santiago winter wheat.

Students had to deal with real time decisions with the aim of making the most profits on their yields.

They were judged on two factors – their ability to make input decisions and control costs.

The students qualified to take part in the finals after participating in a series of regional competitive challenges against other college and University teams.

Dr Tony Wilson, from the agricultural department at the college, said, “The overriding feeling is one of great pride in the work of this team.”

Owen Smith, 23, of Terrington St Clement, team captain for Easton and Otley College, said: “It’s been a fantastic learning experience and we are absolutely delighted to have won.”

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