We were thrilled that Governor Sam Brownback could join us today to honor winners of the third annual Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
BASF joins the Kansas Wheat Commission and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers in sponsoring this contest, which is designed to recognize farmers who use best management practices to “push the envelope” in trying to achieve maximum wheat yields.
This year’s winners were: John Niswonger, Western Kansas, 84.65 bushels per acre; Ron Ohlde, Palmer, 84.05 bushels per acre and Steve Tuttle, Basehor, 64.32 bushels per acre.
A farm kid himself, Governor Brownback – who quipped that his brother may need to grow the Kansas Wheat Alliance Variety Everest on the family farm near Parker – recognizes the importance that wheat plays in the Kansas economy. At 360 million bushels, the 2012 Kansas wheat crop had an estimated $2.8 billion impact on the state’s economy.
Governor Brownback told Yield Contest participants that improvements in wheat variety development, such as those that will happen in the new Kansas Wheat Innovations Center in Manhattan, can help wheat farmers keep pace with the yield improvements from corn and soybean crops, both of which have a tremendous amount of research and development dollars from private industries.
All of us involved in the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest, including additional sponsors Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, the Kansas Wheat Alliance, Syngenta/AgriPro and Plains Gold, are excited at the bright future we have in Kansas wheat production.