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National Wheat Yield Contest Winner Tops 200-Bushel-per-Acre Mark

Washington state grower achieves 202.53-bushel-per-acre yield.

For the first time, the winner of the National Wheat Yield Contest exceeded 200 bushels per acre. Phillip Gross, who farms in Adams County, Washington, achieved the highest wheat yield in 2018 with a 202.53-bushel-per-acre contest entry. It’s the third straight year that Gross has topped the contest.

“A special congratulations to Phillip Gross for being the high yield winner for the third year in a row,” said Wayne Hurst, foundation board president. “It’s great to see growers who have entered and won in previous years continue to take part in the contest. We also welcomed several new applicants this year, many of whom won.”

The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories – winter and spring wheat – and two subcategories – dryland and irrigated wheat.

This year’s national winners per category are as follows.

High Yield Winner

Phillip Gross – Adams county, WA
Winter Wheat – Irrigated; 202.53 bu/A with LCS

 Spring Wheat Winners

Irrigated

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield*

1

Larry

Carroll

Morrow

OR

WestBred

158.9300

2

Keith

Gross

Adams

WA

WestBred

172.5600

3

Terry

Wilcox

Madison

ID

WestBred

193.3800

4

Monte

Leidenix

Burleigh

ND

WestBred

97.0700

5

Alex

Bishop

Becker

MN

WestBred

85.5300

Dryland

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield*

1

Jon

Wert

Hettinger

ND

LCS

103.9800

2

Orin

Knutson

Marshall

MN

WestBred

104.7900

3

Trevor

Stout

Latah

ID

WestBred

123.2600

4

Brian

Schafer

Hayes

NE

WestBred

67.9500

5

Jason

Beechinor

Walla Walla

WA

WestBred

115.7500

Winter Wheat Winners

Irrigated

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield*

1

Ken

Horton

Kearny

KS

WestBred

111.28

2

Jerry

Cooksey

Adams

CO

Plains Gold

134.90

3

Lawrence

Pedro

Umatilla

OR

WestBred

194.41

4

Brock

Terrell

Sheridan

NE

WestBred

106.72

5

David

Gross

Spokane

WA

WestBred

154.51

Dryland

National Rank

First Name

Last Name

Field County

Field State

Seed Brand

Final Yield*

1

 R & K

Farms

Pine Bluffs

WY

AgriPro

124.46

2

Jesse

Green

Lincoln

OK

WestBred

112.69

3

Rick

Horton

Leota

KS

Plains Gold

91.09

4

Brian

Cochrane

Franklin

WA

WSU

100.20

5

Randy

Bokma

Fergus

MT

WestBred

123.59

Winners are selected by the percentage increase their yield exceeds the most recent five-year Olympic county average as determined by USDA.

*Final yield in bu/A

The national 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, Florida, from February 28-March 2. Official rules and entry details for the 2019 contest will be available by January 1, 2019, at www.yieldcontest.wheatfoundation.org

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