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Winter wheat yield challenge and soybean yield challenge results

Top Yields Revealed at Banquet Today in Ingersoll

GUELPH, ON (December 8, 2011) – Top yielding Ontario farmers were rewarded today at a banquet in Ingersoll. The event was the culmination of two contests: the Winter Wheat Yield Challenge and the Soybean Yield Challenge. Entrants submitted their best fields to compete against their peers and those with the highest yields were rewarded with great prizes.

This was the first year of the Winter Wheat Challenge and the winners definitely deserve their prizes.

  • First Place, winning $1500: Lloyd Crowe of Picton, 150 bushels/acre with 25R56
  • Second Place, winning $750: Zilke Farms of Woodstock, 140.8 bushels/acre with 25R39

The Soybean Yield Challenge was separated into two divisions: an IP division sponsored by DuPont and a non-IP division brought to you by Genuity. Within each division, entrants were separated into three zones based on crop heat units.


Zone 1 (2700 CHU and under)

Non-IP Division

1st Place: Ronald Rody, Moorefield, Dekalb 26-11RY, 57.8 bushels /acre

IP Division

1st Place: Jon Bakker, Frankford, S05-T6, 74.0 bushels /acre

2nd PlaceSchouten Corner View Farms, Richmond, S03-W4, 73.7 bushels /acre

Zone 2 (2725 to 3000 CHU)

Non-IP Division

1st PlaceGeorge Ennis, Winchester, Titanium, 80.2 bushels /acre

2nd PlaceR&J Fraser Farms Ltd, Ottawa, 91Y90, 68.5 bushels /acre

IP Division

1st Place: Ceresmore Farms, Bowmanville, Colby, 69.7 bushels /acre

2nd Place: Justin Dorland, Brighton, 91M01, 64.1 bushels /acre

Zone 3

Non-IP division

1st PlaceSimard Bros Inc., Oldcastle, 92Y80, 72.9 bushels /acre

2nd Place: Robert Devolder, Dover Centre, 32-60RY, 67.9 bushels /acre


The two Grand Prize winners: George Ennis and Jon Bakker, each received a trip for two to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky! All winners and runners up received admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and a local farm show of their choice. Winners in each division and each zone went home with a cash prize of $10 x their yield in bushels. 

The production challenges would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. The Winter Wheat Challenge was sponsored by Bayer CropScience, Hyland Seeds and C&M Seeds. For the Soybean Yield Challenge, the prizes for the IP division were provided by DuPont, the prizes for the non-IP division were sponsored by Genuity and the banquet received generous assistance from Pioneer Hi-Bred Ltd. Also providing support for the soybean challenge at the Gold Sponsorship level were Dekalb, Hyland Seeds, Maizex, Mycogen and NK Seeds and at the silver level were Country Farm Seeds and SeCan.

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