For the first time in 20 years the National Wheat Yield Contest is back! Winners in two categories, winter and spring wheat, will be announced at the Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. All state wheat organization grower-members may submit their yields.
“We are excited about the benefits this competition will bring to our nation’s wheat growers individually and to our country’s wheat industry collectively,” commented National Wheat Foundation (NWF) Chairman Dusty Tallman. “We anticipate many of our growers will participate, and we look forward to seeing the positive results this has on the wheat industry, especially when it comes to improving crop management practices on the farm.”
“BASF is pleased to partner with the National Wheat Foundation on the Wheat Yield Contest,” said Luke Lathan, product manager for wheat, BASF Corporation. “Lessons from this yield contest can help all wheat farmers with information about new innovations for production acres and sustainable farming practices.”
Through the contest, NWF is encouraging growers to achieve the best yields and quality from their crop, and highlight the sustainable practices America’s wheat farmers use every day to provide a consistently healthy product to the world. Tallman said U.S. wheat farmers use conservation efforts for the betterment of the environment and to maintain and improve farm productivity for future generations. Wheat growers participate in USDA conservation programs, reduce tillage and use crop rotations.
NWF hopes that by participating in the contest farmers will share knowledge to drive further innovation in sustainability for the entire industry.
Early registrations for winter wheat must be submitted by April 1 and spring wheat should be entered by June 15. There is an entry fee of $100 per seed entry at the time of early registration, late entry fees increase to $125. Final deadlines are 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 1 and August 1 for winter and spring wheat respectively.