Dakota Farmer

North Dakota wheat wins big

Results from the 2023 National Wheat Yield Contest have Northern farmers on top.

Sarah McNaughton, Editor, Dakota Farmer

November 8, 2023

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WINNERS: The National Wheat Yield Contest winners came from 28 states, but some Northern growers still made their way to the top. ithinksky/Getty Images

Winners of the 2023 National Wheat Yield Contest hailed from 28 states. With 24 national winners and 83 state winners, growers from across the country showed resiliency and excellence in their wheat crops. Even during times of drought, the contest winners shared a 127-bushel-per-acre average.

The yield contest helps illustrate the importance of variety selection and input management in wheat to achieve outstanding performance, while demonstrating the innovative agronomics and productivity of wheat growers across the country.

“It is exciting to see the potential when the genetics, management, and environment are all aligned in the wheat grower’s favor,” says Bernard Peterson, chairman of the National Wheat Foundation and a Kentucky farmer.

While winners hailed from across the nation, Dakota farmers still made their way to the top. Brad Disrud of Rolla, N.D., won in the category Bin Buster in Spring Wheat – Dryland with 129.98 bushels per acre, planting WestBred WB9590.

Three of the four Bin Buster awards were growers who planted WestBred varieties. “Our goal at WestBred Wheat is to bring growers wheat genetics that consistently allow them to seize the season,” says Jeff Koscelny, cereals account management lead at Bayer.

Growers who take home national titles are honored with a trip to Commodity Classic in February.

Dakotas’ state winners

State winners from North and South Dakota, along with their winning yield in bushels per acre, are:  

Winter wheat, dryland

  • 1st. Thomas Bjerke, Page, N.D., 109.78 bushels

  • 2nd. Richard McDonald, Inkster, N.D., 104.95 bushels

Spring wheat, dryland

  • 1st. Robert Holtzwarth, Hazel, S.D., 103.57 bushels

  • 1st. Brad Disrud, Rolla, N.D., 129.98 bushels

  • 2nd. Lance Olson, Mott, N.D., 122.09 bushels

  • 3rd. Austin Kautzman, Mott, N.D., 119.94 bushels

Spring wheat, irrigated

  • 1st. Jeff Bieber, Fairview, Mont., 109.33 bushels

The National Wheat Foundation contributed to this article.

About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton of Bismarck, N.D., has been editor of Dakota Farmer since 2021. Before working at Farm Progress, she was an NDSU 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D. Prior to that, she was a farm and ranch reporter at KFGO Radio in Fargo.

McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in ag communications and a master’s in Extension education and youth development.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, as a member of North Dakota Agri-Women, Agriculture Communicators Network Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

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