Prospect Valley Colorado Wheat Grower Has One of the Highest Yields in the Country

Marc Arnusch is recognized in National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest with WestBred® wheat variety

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 4, 2020) – A Weld County wheat grower has been recognized for achieving one of the highest 2019 wheat yields in the country. Marc Arnusch, of Prospect Valley, Colorado, has been named a national winner of the National Wheat Foundation’s 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The third-generation grower farms with his son, Brett, who helps manage the 2,200 irrigated and dryland acres of Marc Arnusch Farms.

Arnusch won an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the 2020 Commodity Classic for himself and a guest, courtesy of the National Wheat Foundation and WestBred® wheat. While there, he will have the opportunity to network with other WestBred yield winners from around the country.

Arnusch earned first place nationwide for his high yield in the Winter Wheat – Irrigated category with WestBred variety WB4418. His final yield was 210.52 Bu/A, which is 484.78% percent over the USDA Weld County average.

The NWYC also recognized top yielders within each state. Along with his first place win in the Irrigated category, Arnusch also placed first in Colorado in the Winter Wheat – Dryland Category with WB4418, with a yield of 120.92 Bu/A. His son, Brett, took home a win as well, for second place in the Spring Wheat – Irrigated category with WestBred variety WB7328.

“WestBred [wheat] had done a great job of moving our farm forward, thanks to the top genetics and strong agronomic packages they provide,” Arnusch says. “It’s always great to learn from other growers, and we’re looking forward to meeting other National Wheat Yield Contest winners and hearing about their successes at Commodity Classic.”

Marc Arnusch Farms grows corn for grain and silage as well as Certified Seed wheat and barley for the craft brew and distillery industry.

“Wheat growers face many challenges, from weather to pests to disease, yet season after season they endure these threats to provide an abundant, quality crop,” says Dr. Jeff Koscelny, Global Wheat Commercial Strategy Lead and WestBred Wheat Business Lead. “Marc Arnusch achieved one of the highest wheat yields in the country this year, and we’re proud that he did so with a WestBred variety. We look forward to celebrating his remarkable achievement at Commodity Classic.”

Entrants were judged in two primary categories: spring wheat and winter wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated wheat. New for 2019, national awards were given for overall high yield (regardless of USDA county averages) as well as the percentage increase by which their measured yield exceeded recent five-year Olympic county averages (as published by USDA).

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.