2014 Wheat Field Days Yield Contest names winners
The 2014 Colorado Wheat Field Days featured the Fourth Annual Yield Contest. All in attendance were given the chance to pick the variety they thought would yield highest at that plot location. The person predicting the top variety, or the variety closest to the top, won a $25 Visa gift card. The tiebreaker was the yield, so the winner was the participant who guessed closest to the actual yield.
At Walsh, the top-yielding variety was CSU experimental variety CO09W009 with a yield of 42.8 bushels per acre. Brian Brooks was the only person to select that variety, and he estimated it would yield 42 bushels per acre. Brooks was also the closest estimate of the entire field day tour, only .8/bushel per acre away from the actual yield.
The top-yielding variety at Sheridan Lake was LCS Mint, which yielded 48.6 bushels per acre. The highest yielding variety that anyone chose was PlainsGold Byrd, at 44.8 bushels per acre, which was selected by Jay Specht of Sheridan Lake, who estimated it would yield 46.8 bushels per acre.
The top-yielding variety at Lamar was PlainsGold’s Hatcher, at 30.3 bushels per acre. Dave Tzilkowski of Lamar was the only one to select Hatcher, and he estimated it would yield 22 bushels per acre.
At the Burlington plot location, the highest yielder was PlainsGold Byrd at 55.6 bushels per acre. Several people picked Byrd, but Larry Vavra had the closest guess with 51.2 bushels per acre.
The Genoa location was not harvested due to hail damage, so a drawing was done from the yield cards from that field day, and the winner was Heidi Faughman of Elbert.
The top-yielding variety at Roggen was Cowboy at 98.0 bushels per acre, a variety developed at CSU and sold to the Crop Research Foundation of Wyoming because of its suitability to Wyoming growing conditions. No one selected Cowboy as their top yielder. Several people selected PlainsGold Antero, the next-best variety, at 93.1 bushels per acre. While nine people chose Antero, Charles Klausner of Roggen had the best guess at 81 bushels per acre.
The best-yielding variety at Orchard was CSU experimental variety CO11D174, at 68.7 bushels per acre. Two people chose that variety, but Matthew Hicks of Briggsdale had the closest estimate with 59.4 bushels.
The top-yielding variety at the Akron plot was PlainsGold’s Byrd at 70.5 bushels per acre, which was selected as the winner by 35 people. The closest yield estimate was from Craig Saxton of Yuma, who guessed that Byrd would yield 66.7 bushels per acre.
At Yuma, the best-yielding variety was PlainsGold Antero, followed by CSU experimental variety CO09W040-F1, and PlainsGold Byrd in third place. No one guessed Antero, but several people selected Byrd. Of the six people who chose Byrd, Conner Blach had the closest estimate to the actual yield of 83.0 bushels per acre, with his entry of 73.4 bushels per acre. Blach was also one of the two winners of the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers scholarships this spring.
The best-yielding variety at the Haxtun irrigated trial location was CSU experimental variety CO09W040-F1, which no one selected. It yielded 142.3 bushels per acre. The highest-yielding variety that anyone chose was Syngenta variety SY Wolf, at 126.8 bushels per acre, which was selected by Steve Millage of Holyoke, who estimated it would yield 125.3 bushels per acre.
At the Julesburg plot location, the best-yielding variety was CSU experimental variety C011D174. The highest-yielding variety that anyone picked was PlainsGold variety Denali at 97.5 bushels per acre, which four people picked. The closest yield estimate was Jerome Criswell of Chappell, Nebraska, who estimated it would yield 78 bushels per acre.
The complete results of the 2014 Uniform Variety Plot Trials are available at http://bit.ly/lNngvt/.