National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. NWF recently announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest.

“A special congratulations to Phillip Gross for being the high yield winner for the third year in a row,” stated Foundation Board President Wayne Hurst. “Phillip’s entry topped the 200 bu/ac level for the first time ever in the contest. It’s great to see growers who have entered and won in previous years continue to take part in the contest. We also welcomed several new applicants this year, many of whom won.”

The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated.

“NWF would like to thank each grower for enrolling in the NWYC, and thank our sponsors for helping to make the contest available to wheat growers in the United States. We received a record-breaking 318 total entries this year and hope that this number will continue to grow,” continued Hurst.

It should be noted that winners are selected by the percentage increase their yield exceeds the most recent five-year Olympic county average as determined by USDA.

This year’s National winners per category*:

High Yield Winner

Phillip Gross - Adams county, Wash. Winter Wheat – Irrigated; 202.53 bu/a with seed brand LCS.

Spring Wheat Winners

Irrigated

1. Larry Carroll, Morrow County, Ore. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 158.93.

2. Keith Gross, Adams County, Wash. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 172.56.

3. Terry Wilcox, Madison County, Idaho. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 193.38.

4. Monte Leidenix, Burleigh County, N.D. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 97.07.

5. Alex Bishop, Becker County, Minn. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield

of 85.53.

Dryland

1. Jon Wert, Hettinger County, N.D. Seed brand LCS with a final yield of 103.98.

2. Orin Knutson, Marshall County, Minn. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 104.79.

3. Trevor Stout, Latah County, Idaho. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 123.26.

4. Brian Schafer, Hayes County, Neb. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 67.95.

5. Jason Beechinor, Walla Walla County, Wash. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 115.75.

Winter Wheat Winners

Irrigated

1. Ken Horton, Kearny County, Kan. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 111.28.

2. Jerry Cooksey, Adams County, Colo. Seed brand Plains Gold with a final yield of 134.90

3. Lawrence Pedro, Umatilla County, Ore. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 194.41.

4. Brock Terrell, Sheridan County, Neb. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 106.72.

5. David Gross, Spokane County, Wash. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 154.51.

Dryland

1. R & K Farms, Pine Bluffs County, Wis. Seed brand AgriPro with a final yield of 124.46.

2. Jesse Green, Lincoln County, Okla. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 112.69.

3. Rick Horton, Leota County, Kan. Seed brand Plains Gold with a final yield of 91.09.

4. Brian Cochrane, Franklin County, Wash. Seed brand WSU with a final yield of 110.20.

5. Randy Bokma, Fergus County, Mont. Seed brand WestBred with a final yield of 123.59.

The sponsors for the 2018 National Yield Contest are AgriMaxx, Ardent Mills, BASF, Croplan/Winfield, Indigo Ag, Grain Craft, John Deere, LCS, Mennel Milling, Miller Milling, Syngenta, and WestBred.

**Final yield in bushels/acre

The national winners attending the 2019 Commodity Classic will be recognized during a reception celebrating the Contest and its winners. The 2019 Classic will be held in Orlando, Florida from February 28th – March 2nd. Official rules and entry details for the 2019 Contest will be available by Jan. 1, 2019 at www.yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org.