Are your amber waves of grain the best in the business? The National Wheat Foundation would like to have a word with you. The NWF kicked off the first National Wheat Yield Contest in more than 20 years on Oct. 7.
“We have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the National Wheat Yield Contest and look forward to U.S. wheat farmers competing with the best available technology to demonstrate how they can increase productivity, drive innovation and enable knowledge transfer [among themselves],” says NWF chariman Dusty Tallman, who farms wheat near Brandon, Colo.
The two primary categories are spring wheat and winter wheat, with subcategories for dryland and irrigated in each. Farmers must be at least 14 years old and a current member of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) or their state’s wheat grower association.
The registration fee is $100 until April 1, 2016, for winter wheat and June 15, 2016, for spring wheat. After that, the registration fee goes up to $125.
The event is sponsored by BASF, John Deere, Winfield and Monsanto.
“This national yield contest provides a great platform for U.S. wheat farmers to showcase the genetic potential of today’s wheat seed and the innovative farm management practices and technologies being deployed,” says Jeff Koscelny, wheat commercial lead at Monsanto.
NWF will announce five national winners in each category and sub-category. Winners will receive a cash prize and trip to the 2017 Commodity Classic
Click here for complete contest rules.