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Record-breaking yield winner announced in National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) has announced the winners for the 2022 contest, which is the seventh year the National Wheat Foundation has held the contest.

This year has a contest record yield of 231.37 bushels per acre that was achieved by Rylee Reynolds in Twin Falls County, Idaho. Rylee’s 231 bushels per acre tops the prior contest record of 211 bushels per acre in 2019. Rylee and his dad Gary both placed as national winners in the winter wheat irrigated category. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) had some great wheat this year; all four of the Bin Buster winners are from the PNW.

The contest encourages wheat growers to strive for high yield, quality, and profit while trying new and innovative management strategies in their wheat.

“We know that genetics, environment and management all need to be just right for wheat to thrive, and we are proud to see so many wheat growers continue to reach for higher and better yields, while also growing wheat that customers desire,” says Joe Kejr, National Wheat Foundation Chair. 

There was exceptional participation from all over the wheat growing states. State winners are recognized from 27 different states. See the list of 2022 state winners here.

Six of the winners have never won at the national level before. The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. 

Contestants had to prove their wheat would grade at levels one or two to compete. The 24 winners are shipping in a grain sample that will be analyzed for additional quality parameters, and if they meet all the specified “customer-desired” quality targets, they will receive a $500 award. In addition, national winners will receive a trip to the Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, in March 2023 and will be recognized at the National Wheat Foundation’s Winner’s Reception.

The national winners for 2022 are:

Winter Wheat-Dryland

Bin Buster   Gene Warren    WA

1st    Derek Berger    OR

2nd    Kurt Druffel     WA

3rd    Darren Grumbine   PA

4th    Erik Olson    ID

5th    Nick Suwyn    MI

1st-% Over County  Doug & Janelle Fitterer  ND

2nd-% Over County  Zach Balahtsis   OK

3rd-% Over County  Dylan Lindsey   OK

4th-% Over County  Chris Carlson   ND

5th-% Over County  Brett Oelke    KS

Winter Wheat-Irrigated

Bin Buster   Rylee Reynolds   ID

1st    Joel Zwainz    WA

2nd    Gary Reynolds   ID

Spring Wheat-Dryland

Bin Buster   Bruce Ruddenklau   OR

1st    Trevor Stout    ID

2nd    Matthew Krueger   MN

3rd    Jon Wert    ND

1st-% Over County  Jordan Christman   ND

2nd-% Over County  Austin Kautzman   ND

3rd-% Over County  Greg Messer    ND

Spring Wheat-Irrigated

Bin Buster   Derek Friehe    WA

1st    Dallin Wilcox   ID

2nd    Wes Vandyke    OR

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