The National Wheat yield contest was held for the first time in 2016 and was well received by wheat growers across the United States. The contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with their peers across the United States and learn from each other innovative techniques to improve wheat productivity on their farms.
Winners of the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest were recognized at the Commodity Classic in February.
Kansas winners in last year's contest in the winter wheat dryland division included Rick Horton from Leoti, Kansas, with a yield of 91 bushels per acre with the PlainsGold variety Langin; Tom Pauly from Sedgwick, Kansas, with a yield of 89 bushels per acre with the Kansas Wheat Alliance variety Zenda; and Jerome Wiens from Meade, Kansas, with a yield of 60 bushels per acre with the WestBred variety WB4303.
Kansas winners in the winter wheat irrigated division included Ken Horton from Kearny County, Kansas with a yield of 111 bushels per acre with the WestBred variety WB-Cedar, and Matt Horton from Kearny County, Kansas with a yield of 106.5 bushels per acre with the WestBred variety WB4269.
To view the rules for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest and to register, visit https://wheatfoundation.org. You must be an active member of your state wheat growers association to enter. And, remember, the deadline for winter wheat entries is May 15 with an early registration deadline of April 1.