The first ever Kansas Wheat Yield contest has earned $1,000 prize money for the top producer in each of the three Kansas growing regions, central, east and west. The Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and BASF were major sponsors of the contest.
Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of Kansas Wheat, said 2010 was a great inaugural year for the contest.
"Wheat producers were challenged with environmental conditions from planting to harvest, and those producers who pushed the limit with production practices were rewarded with tremendous yields in the end," Gilpin said.
Checks and plaques will be presented to the winners during the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson at the Kansas Wheat Exhibit inside the Pride of Kansas Building. Winners were:
Central Kansas: Danee Helvey, Ellsworth, 94.36 bushels per acre
Helvey planted certified seed from Ohlde Seed, Palmer. His winning entry was a blend of Art, Armour and Hitch, treated with Raxil plus Guacho and palnted at a rate of 250 live seeds per square yard.
He applied fungicide and insecticide at flagleaf emergence and harvested the 157-acre field with a stripper header to preserve residue.
Western Kansas: Jon Buehler, Scott City, 93.31 bushels per acre Buehler used certified seed from Sharp Seed, Healy. His winning entry was Post Rock in a 154-acre field of fallow ground. He treated the seed with Gaucho XT, planting 60 pounds per acre with a hoe drill.
Buehler uses a conservation tillage program that includes a couple of passes with an undercutter before planting.
Eastern Kansas: Alvin Schmedemann, Junction City, 52.40 bushels per acre Schemedemann, a certified organic farmer from Junction City, used certified seed from Geary Grain, Junction City. His winning entry was Dominator. He used no fertilizer, seed treatment, heribicide or fungicide. He worked the ground with a tandem disk and harrow and platned 86 pounds of seed per acre with a Crustbuster hoe drill.
The Kansas Certified Crop Adviser Program is awarding $500 in cash to the Certified Crop Adviser who helped each winning farmer and $100 in cash to the dealer who supplied the certified seed.
For the 2011 Wheat Yield Contest, farmers will be eligible to participate in the Quality Sweepstakes. A cash prize will be awarded to the producer in each region who submits a sample of wheat with the highest test weight and protein content.
More details about the 2011 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest can be found in your free copy of the "Know Your Wheat 2010-2011" booklet, available free of charge at your local grain elevator or select certified seed dealers. Or, log onto www.KansasWheat.orgfor information. Wheat producers can request an information packet via e-mail at [email protected]
Entry deadline for the 2011 Wheat Yield Contest is March 20, 2011.