Kansas Wheat Yield Contest rewards the best
With renewed emphasis in private wheat variety research by a host of multinational seed and chemical companies, the wheat industry is set to undergo fundamental changes. In time, wheat industry experts expect that wheat yield potential will increase dramatically from what is currently possible today. With that in mind, the inaugural Kansas Wheat Yield Contest--set for the 2010 harvest--is a good start to get growers thinking about obtaining maximum wheat yields.¬
"More money pumped into wheat variety research will get farmers more genetic potential. To reap the benefits of that potential, wheat farmers need to implement best management practices on their farms," says Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat. "The Kansas Wheat Yield Contest is one way that farmers can achieve maximum yields and quality."
The 2010 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, covering the 2009-10 wheat crop, is designed to generate enthusiasm about wheat production in Kansas, develop a protocol of best management practices for wheat production and reward those producers who maximize wheat production in each of three areas of the state.
"By devoting a small amount of acreage to the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, farmers can prove just how good they can be," says Jay Armstrong, a farmer and Kansas Wheat Commissioner from Muscotah. "There is some fun and excitement that goes with trying to push the envelope on yields. This is done in a fun and competitive way, and in the process, farmers will learn new management practices. When it is all said and done, we'll reward those who show us how high they can go."
The contest includes three regions: Region 1 (Western Kansas), Region 2 (Central Kansas) and Region 3 (Eastern Kansas). Farmers must enroll a 5-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.
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.
Producers may log onto the Kansas Wheat website, www.kansaswheat.org and click on "Yield Contest," to download the required entry forms. Or, producers may call the Kansas Wheat office, 1-866-75-WHEAT to obtain more information.