December 20, 2018
John Wert, Hettinger County, placed first in the dryland spring wheat category in the National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) Wheat Yield Contest. He had a yield of 103.98 bushels per acre with a Lima Grain Cereals variety. The yield was 126% over the county yield average.
Monte Leidenix, Burleigh County, placed fourth nationally in the irrigated spring wheat category with a Westbred variety that yielded 97.0700 bushels per acre.
Contest entries are ranked on the percentage over the county yield.
Four state winners from North Dakota were:
• Lorin Haagenson, Benson County, second in the dryland spring wheat category with a Croplan variety
• Tanner Enger, Mercer County, third in the dryland spring wheat category with a Croplan variety
• John Weinand, Mercer County, first in the dryland winter wheat category with an AgriPro variety
• Todd Hoff, Sioux County, second in the dryland winter wheat category with a Westbred variety
There were more than 300 entries in the contest, but none from South Dakota. The overall national yield was 202.53 bushels per acre, which was produced by a Washington state grower in the irrigated winter wheat category.
To be eligible for the contest, the entries had to meet minimum quality standards. The wheat had to be grade No. 1 or 2, the level required for food-grade wheat. The entries were also tested for protein, test weight, falling number, hardness, kernel weight and other quality components.
Contest partners included AgriMaxx, Ardent Mills, BASF, Croplan/Winfield, Indigo Ag, Grain Craft, John Deere, LCS, Mennel Milling, Miller Milling, Syngenta and WestBred.
The National Wheat Foundation was established by the industry to serve as the national center for wheat research, education and outreach. The foundation is governed by a nine-member board of directors and managed by staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers, the foundation’s sole member.
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