NWF Announces National Winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Washington D.C. (November 12, 2018) – 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. Today, NWF is announcing 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.

This year’s National winners per category*:

High Yield Winner

Phillip Gross – Adams county, WA
Winter Wheat – Irrigated; 202.53 Bu/A with LCS

Spring Wheat Winners

Irrigated

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield**

1

Larry

Carroll

Morrow

OR

WestBred

158.9300

2

Keith

Gross

Adams

WA

WestBred

172.5600

3

Terry

Wilcox

Madison

ID

WestBred

193.3800

4

Monte

Leidenix

Burleigh

ND

WestBred

97.0700

5

Alex

Bishop

Becker

MN

WestBred

85.5300

Dryland

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield**

1

Jon

Wert

Hettinger

ND

LCS

103.9800

2

Orin

Knutson

Marshall

MN

WestBred

104.7900

3

Trevor

Stout

Latah

ID

WestBred

123.2600

4

Brian

Schafer

Hayes

NE

WestBred

67.9500

5

Jason

Beechinor

Walla Walla

WA

WestBred

115.7500

Winter Wheat Winners

Irrigated

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield**

1

Ken

Horton

Kearny

KS

WestBred

111.28

2

Jerry

Cooksey

Adams

CO

Plains Gold

134.90

3

Lawrence

Pedro

Umatilla

OR

WestBred

194.41

4

Brock

Terrell

Sheridan

NE

WestBred

106.72

5

David

Gross

Spokane

WA

WestBred

154.51

Dryland

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield**

1

 R & K

Farms

Pine Bluffs

WY

AgriPro

124.46

2

Jesse

Green

Lincoln

OK

WestBred

112.69

3

Rick

Horton

Leota

KS

Plains Gold

91.09

4

Brian

Cochrane

Franklin

WA

WSU

100.20

5

Randy

Bokma

Fergus

MT

WestBred

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.

*It should be noted winners are selected by the percentage increase their yield exceeds the most recent 5-year Olympic county average as determined by USDA.

**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 January 1st, 2019 at www.yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org. 

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