PHOENIX, AZ – February 26, 2015 – Today the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) announced the creation and implementation of a National Wheat Yield Contest during a press conference at Commodity Classic. Through the primary support of BASF, NWF is able to launch this new venture.
“We appreciate the generous support of our primary industry partner, BASF, to assist in the creation of this program. We are looking forward to this contest increasing grower productivity, helping build a stronger U.S. wheat industry and increasing knowledge transfer between growers,” commented NWF chairman, Dusty Tallman, wheat grower from Brandon, Colo.
The contest hopes to increase U.S. wheat grower productivity to ensure an ample supply of quality U.S. wheat to reliably meet the needs of the domestic wheat market and our foreign customers.
“Our goal is to help growers get the most out of every acre,” said Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, BASF. “Initiatives such as the National Wheat Yield Contest give growers an opportunity to work with innovations that help them break yield barriers, and allows farmers to grow and learn from one another.”
A few objectives of the National Wheat Yield Contest are: drive innovation, enable knowledge transfer between growers, urge experimentation with new technologies, and identify top wheat producers in each state.
Yield contest participants will compete by wheat class, by dryland or irrigated and by state and region to ensure the competition is between peers. Contest parameters include class, geography, quality and yield. The contest rules are still being developed and will be announced well prior to the entry start date.
The National Wheat Foundation’s mission is to purposefully advance the wheat industry through strategic research, education and outreach collaborations, guided by core values of grower centeredness, integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated and headquartered in Washington, D.C. governed by a nine-member Board of Directors and managed by staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers, the Foundation’s sole member.
Learn more about the Foundation at www.wheatfoundation.org.