NWF announces state winners of the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Last week, the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the national winners for the 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. Yesterday, NWF announced the state winners for the 2018 Contest which includes 82 growers from 23 states.

“It’s great to see winners from such states as New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia who aren’t commonly known for producing wheat,” stated NWF Board President and Idaho wheat grower Wayne Hurst. “It demonstrates the versatility of the crop which can grow in these states, and states, like Kansas and Idaho, which are known for being large producers of wheat.”

The contest recognizes winners for each state (those submitted) 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 wheat yield contest and our sponsors for helping to make the contest available to wheat growers in the U.S.,” continued Hurst. “As the contest continues to grow, we hope to see growers from new states enter the contest and include wheat farmers from states not recognized in this year’s batch of winners.”

This year’s state winners for Washington state: (Click Here for a full list of winners)
State Rank
First Name
Last Name
County
State
Contest Sector*
Seed Brand
1st
Jason
Beechinor
Walla Walla
WA
SW – Dryland
WestBred
1st
Keith
Gross
Adams
WA
SW – Irrigated
WestBred
2nd
James
Getzinger
Grant
WA
SW – Irrigated
WestBred
1st
Brian
Cochrane
Franklin
WA
WW – Dryland
WSU
2nd
Nathan
Rea
Walla Walla
WA
WW – Dryland
LCS
3rd
John
Dixon
Whitman
WA
WW – Dryland
McGregor
1st
David
Gross
Spokane
WA
WW – Irrigated
WestBred
2nd
Phillip
Gross
Grant
WA
WW – Irrigated
LCS
 *WW = Winter Wheat; SW = Spring WheatThe 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, Sygenta, 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.

The state 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, Fla., from Feb. 28 to March 2. Official rules and entry details for the 2019 contest will be available by Jan. 1, 2019, at www.yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org. 

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