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Kansas wheat launches wheat yield contest for 2010

MANHATTAN, KAN.--How do your wheat production techniques stack up to the average Kansas wheat farmer? Kansas Wheat wants to know and, with the launch of the inaugural Kansas Wheat Yield Contest this fall, your best wheat yields could net you a $1,000 cash prize.

"The Kansas Wheat Yield Contest is designed to reward those farmers who pull out all the stops in achieving maximum wheat yields," said Aaron Harries, interim chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat. "Kansas farmers are the world's best wheat producers. We want to reward the best of the best."¬ 

The contest includes three regions: Region 1 (Western Kansas), Region 2 (Central Kansas) and Region 3 (Eastern Kansas). Farmers must enroll a 10-acre plot into the contest, and provide management information about that plot. Producers may enter more than once, but each entry must be submitted on a separate form. Those contestants achieving the top yield in each region will receive $1,000 in cash plus a plaque from Kansas Wheat. If the winning grower uses the services of a Certified Crop Advisor, that CCA wins a $500 cash prize. Also, Kansas Wheat has teamed up with BASF to provide participating farmers enough fungicide product to treat 20 acres of wheat, although some restrictions apply.

"Our objective not only is to recognize top producers, but develop a list of best management practices that other farmers can use in their own wheat operation. We believe the Yield Contest will be a way for all wheat producers to learn new management strategies that could improve wheat yields and quality throughout the state," Harries says.

Prospective contestants must submit a completed entry form and $50 per entry payment by Jan. 5, 2010. This fee will be used to defray the cost of hiring a 3rd party yield verifier during the summer, 2010 wheat harvest. Contest agronomic/management forms are due to Kansas Wheat by May 30, 2010 and yield results are due to Kansas Wheat by July 10, 2010. Contest winners will be announced at the Kansas Wheat Conference in late July, 2010.

Contestants must be wheat farmers at least 18 years of age and Kansas residents. Contestants must use certified seed. The contest is open only to dryland fields.

Kansas Wheat has developed a publication called, "Know Your Wheat 2009-10," available at the Kansas Wheat office or at local certified seed dealers, which contains a wealth of wheat management information and additional details about the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest. Farmers can use a postcard in the "Know Your Wheat" booklet to request the official contest rules, entry and management forms. Or, log onto the Kansas Wheat Web site, www.kansaswheat.org and click on "Yield Contest," to download them. Producers may also call the Kansas Wheat office, 1-866-75-WHEAT to obtain more information.

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