Deadline for Kansas Wheat Yield Contest entries is May 18
Now that the 2013 Kansas wheat crop is breaking dormancy, achieving top yields is on the minds of wheat farmers. Rain and snow showers falling on many of the state’s wheat farms the last few weeks have given many farmers hope for a bountiful crop. With Mother Nature’s help, your best management practices could be just the ticket to earn you a quick $1,000 in cash, if you enter the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest.
Now in its fourth year, the contest includes three regions: Region 1 (Western Kansas), Region 2 (Central Kansas) and Region 3 (Eastern Kansas). Producers achieving the top yield in each region receive a $1,000 cash prize and plaque from Kansas Wheat and corporate co-sponsor, BASF.
In addition to these cash awards, Yield Contest sponsors also have cash and product prizes for winners. For instance, BASF has a 2.5 gallon jug of free TwinLine fungicide for the first 25 entrants into the Yield Contest (limit two per farmer). And winners who use either an AgriPro, WestBred, Plains Gold or Kansas Wheat Alliance variety will receive an additional $500 cash prize from those companies, respectively.
For the third 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 sample will be evaluated for quality components such as test weight, protein content, variety and kernel quality. Top scoring samples will undergo further testing at ADM Milling’s Quality Laboratory in Kansas City . The sample with the top quality score will receive $250 in cash, sponsored by ADM Milling.
Contest winners will receive their awards at the 2013 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
The May 1 deadline is looming quickly, so be sure to enter the contest soon.
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 planted to certified Hard Winter wheat.
For those who are interested in accepting the challenge, more details about the 2013 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest can be found online at www.kansaswheat.org, by requesting an information packet at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to Kansas Wheat, 1990 Kimball Av., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Kansas Wheat is the joint agreement between the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, joining together as “Leaders in the Adoption of Profitable Innovations for Wheat.”