Wheat Yield Contest Entries due April 15
Three $1,000 cash prizes and several potential bonus awards are at stake for wheat growers who enter the 2012 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. Corporate sponsors of the Yield Contest include: BASF, Syngenta, Monsanto, Kansas Wheat Alliance and Bayer CropScience.
The contest includes three regions: Region 1 (Western Kansas), Region 2 (Central Kansas) and Region 3 (Eastern Kansas). Entry deadline for the 2012 Wheat Yield Contest is April 15. Producers achieving the top yield receive a $1,000 cash prize and plaque. In addition to these cash awards, Yield Contest sponsors also have cash and product prizes for winners.
For the second year in a row, contest entrants will be eligible to participate in the Quality Initiative of the Wheat Yield Contest. Each contest participant will be asked to submit a 5-pound sample of wheat from the contest field. The quality of that sample will be evaluated for quality components such as test weight, protein content, variety and kernel quality. Top scoring samples will be further tested in a quality laboratory, where a small loaf of bread will be baked. The sample with the top quality score will receive $250 in cash, sponsored by Louis Dreyfus Commodities.
Contest winners will receive their awards at the 2012 Kansas State Fair.
Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin says the Yield Contest helps identify best management practices for wheat producers. "Kansas farmers are recognized around the world for production of top-quality wheat. Combining quality with high yields maximizes profitability for our state's wheat producers," he says.
The April 15 deadline gives wheat farmers an opportunity to gauge the condition of the wheat crop as it breaks dormancy. Folks who enter the contest will be asked to share management information about their farm, including details about tillage and agronomic practices, crop protection products usage and more. A third-party verifier will be employed at harvest to ensure the integrity of the contest.
Wheat farmers who are 18 years or older from throughout Kansas are eligible to participate by enrolling a plot at least five acres in size. The fee is $50 per entry. Producers may enter more than once, but each entry must be submitted on a separate entry form. Kansas Wheat directors, employees and spouses are prohibited from entering the contest. Contestants must use certified seed. The contest is open only to dryland fields.
For those who are interested in accepting the challenge, more details about the 2012 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest can be found online at www.kansaswheat.org, by requesting an information packet via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Kansas Wheat, 217 Southwind Place, Manhattan, KS 66503.