Grain Farmers of Ontario recognizes exceptional spring wheat growers

ORANGEVILLE, ON (January 26, 2011)  – Winners of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s inaugural Spring Wheat Challenge were recognized today at a District meeting in Orangeville. The top three winners of the Western Ontario join their winning counterparts in Eastern Ontario who were awarded their prizes last week.

“We’re very pleased to highlight the accomplishments of these growers,” says Jaye Atkins, Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO. “It’s clear that all competitors are excellent spring wheat growers. The average yield among everyone in the competition was 71.9 bushels per acre.”

The challenge was split into two geographic zones to best reflect the entrants. Winners in both the east and the west received a cash prize of $1,500 for first place. Second place winners took home $750 and third place winners were awarded $500.

The challenge was made possible by a generous and exclusive sponsorship from Bayer CropScience.

The 2010 GFO Spring Wheat Challenge Western Winners are:

1st Place                                Morley Trask, Alma, Sable, 83.72 bu/ac

2nd Place               Bill Nater, Mitchell, Sable, 82.79 bu/ac

3rd Place               Cor Van Gaalen, Clinton, 74.26 bu/ac

Eastern Ontario winners were announced on January 19. Check out the February issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for information about the winners’ management practices from both Eastern and Western Ontario. For a list of winners from Eastern Ontario, visit www.gfo.ca.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Eastern winners awarded in Grain Farmers of Ontario’s inaugural spring wheat challenge

Elgin, ON (January 19, 2011) – Exceptional wheat growers were recognized at a GFO District meeting today in Elgin, Ontario. The top three winners from Eastern Ontario were awarded prizes this afternoon for their big win in GFO’s first ever Spring Wheat Challenge.

“This new challenge was a natural direction for GFO as we’ve had such great success with the Soybean Yield Challenge in past years,” says Jaye Atkins, Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO. “The Spring Wheat Challenge was planned to recognize excellent growers of wheat and to stimulate discussion about this crop.”

The challenge attracted 29 registrants this year. “We’re happy with this participation given that this was the first year of the competition,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Research and Market Development at GFO. 

GFO is even happier with the yields. Final entries had to be of milling quality to compete and of those, the average yield was 71.9 bushels per acre. “Although spring wheat is historically challenging to grow, it is clear that success is attainable as demonstrated by these growers,” says Devitt.

The challenge was split into two geographic zones to best reflect the entrants, each of which will receive a cash prize of $1,500 for first place. Second place winners will take home $750 and third place winners will be awarded $500.

The challenge was made possible by a generous and exclusive sponsorship from Bayer CropScience.

The 2010 GFO Spring Wheat Challenge Eastern Winners are:

1st Place                John and Beth Nanne, Pakenham, Sable, 74.52 bu/ac

2nd Place               Jockbrae Farms Ltd, Carlton Place, AC Brio, 71.12 bu/ac

3rd Place               Appaulo Farms Ltd., Carp, 59.42 bu/ac           

The western Ontario winners will be announced at the GFO meeting in Orangeville on January 26, 2011. Check out the February issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine for information about the winners’ management practices.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Grain Farmers of Ontario re-launches website

GUELPH, ON (January 10, 2011)  – On January 10th, GFO launched an updated version of www.gfo.ca. With an improved user interface, simplified navigation, and personal interactive elements, the site will better serve farmer members.

Some key improvements are the addition of local weather, price information, and GFO news and events front and center on the homepage. Interactive commodity reports for streamlined data and priority links in the right panel of each page will also help users access the information they need.

The changes are the result of insight gathered from a series of face-to-face interviews with farmer members of different usability levels. These interviews, conducted by third party communications agency Quarry Integrated Communications, provided detailed input on challenges, needs, and priorities of users. Some clear trends and similarities were defined and Quarry worked with GFO to develop an updated site architecture.

The suggestions have now been implemented and GFO is looking forward to further developing the site to become the number one source for grain farming information in Ontario.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.