NW Kansas producers among winners in wheat yield contest

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While triple-digit yields may have seemed impossible during this
year’s drought, Kansas wheat producers exemplified how the right
combination of genetics, management and luck pay off with the winning
entries in the 2022 National Wheat Yield Contest. National and state
winners were recently released by the National Wheat Foundation, which
has organized the competition for the past seven years.

“The
National Wheat Yield Contest offers producers a chance to learn from
counterparts from across the country how to maximize their management to
improve yields and quality,” said Justin Gilpin, Kansas Wheat CEO.
“Kansas wheat producers continually demonstrate they are up to the
challenge by adopting new practices that utilize the full potential of
top-of-the-line wheat genetics.”

The national contest was split
into winter wheat and spring wheat and then divided into dryland and
irrigated production. Contestants had to prove their wheat would grade
at levels 1 or 2 to compete.

In the dryland winter wheat category,
Brett Oelke from Hoxie took the top Kansas spot with an entry of
WestBred Grainfield that yielded 106.34 bushels per acre. The entry also
earned Oelke fifth place nationally for percentage increase over the
county average.

As one of the 24 national winners, Oelke is
shipping in a grain sample that will be analyzed for additional quality
parameters. If the winning samples meet all the specified
“customer-desired” quality targets, producers will receive a $500 award.
In addition, national winners receive a trip to the Commodity Classic
in Orlando, Florida, in March 2023 and will be recognized at the
National Wheat Foundation’s Winner’s Reception.

Hays producers
John and Matt Grabbe took second and third place in Kansas with entries
of WestBred WB4422 which yielded 103.24 bushels per acre, and WestBred
WB4792 which yielded 97.88 bushels per acre, respectively.

In the
irrigated winter wheat category, David Leonard from Goodland placed
first in the state with an entry of PlainsGold Langin that yielded
119.57 bushels per acre. Matt Brack from Hutchinson earned second with
an entry of WestBred WB4401 that yielded 103.44 bushels per acre.

“We
know that genetics, environment and management all need to be just
right for wheat to thrive, and we are proud to see so many wheat growers
continue to reach for higher and better yields, while also growing
wheat that customers desire,” said Joe Kejr, National Wheat Foundation
Chair and Kansas producer, in a national release.

The 2022
sponsors for the National Wheat Yield Contest included WestBred, John
Deere, BASF, The McGregor Company, U.S. Wheat Associates, AgriMaXX,
Limagrain Cereal Seeds, CoAxium, UPL, Ardent Mills, PlainsGold, Mennel,
Dyna-Gro, Ohio Corn and Wheat, Croplan, Miller Milling, GrainCraft,
Michigan Wheat, GrainSense, Elevate Ag, FarmLogs, Grow Pro

Genetics,
Northern Crops Institute, and the North Dakota Mill and Elevator. The
official publication of the contest is DTN/Progressive Farmer.

Follow
Kansas Wheat in the coming weeks to learn more about the Kansas winners
and their tips and tricks for success this year. Learn more about the
National Wheat Yield Contest at http://yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org/.

Written by Julia Debes for Kansas Wheat

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