2012 winter wheat, spring wheat, and soybean yield challenge results

Ontario’s top yields revealed at banquet today in Ingersoll

GUELPH, ON (December 6, 2012) – Top yielding Ontario grain farmers were rewarded today at a banquet in Ingersoll. The event was the culmination of three contests: the Winter Wheat Yield Challenge, the Spring Wheat Yield Challenge, and the Soybean Yield Challenge. These annual competitions are popular among Ontario’s grain farmers and the results prove how impressive and productive these farmers are. 

Winter Wheat Yield Challenge:

  • First Place winning $1500: Ray VanDerMolen, VanDerMolen Farms Inc., Jarvis ON: 144.41 bu/ac with Pioneer Hi-Bred 25R40
  • Second Place winning $750: James Soetemans, Jilaman Farms Ltd., Watford ON: 134.02 bu/ac with Pioneer Hi-Bred 25R40
  • Third Place winning $500: Raymond P. Demers, Dover Centre ON: 127.52 bu/ac with Hyland Seeds Branson

Spring Wheat Yield Challenge:

  • First Place winning $1500: Del Cressman, Hasta Farms Ltd., Listowel ON: 112.87 bu/ac with C&M Seeds Wilkin
  • Second Place winning $750: Mike and Sonya Arent, Arecress Enterprises, Listowel ON: 95.46 bu/ac with C&M Seeds Wilkin
  • Third Place winning $500: Bill and Darlene Nater, Mitchell ON: 88.89 bu/ac with C&M Seeds Sable

The Soybean Yield Challenge is 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 00 and 0

Non-IP Division

  • 1st Place Keith Reeds, Lindsay ON: 77.75 bu/ac with DEKALB 26-10RY
  • 2nd Place Ronald Rody, Moorefield ON: 67.74 bu/ac with DEKALB 27-60RY

IP Division

  • 1st Place Raube Beuerman, Dublin ON: 77.93 bu/ac with SeCan OAC Wallace
  • 2nd Place Don Rickard, Ceresmore Farms Ltd., Bowmanville ON: 75.25 bu/ac with Secan OAC Wallace

Zone I

Non-IP Division

  • 1st Place Justin Dorland, Dorland Farms, Brighton ON: 74.35 bu/ac with Maizex Seeds RR2 Titanium
  • 2nd Place Martin Mesman, Winchester ON: 73.15 bu/ac with Maizex Seeds RR2 Titanium

IP Division

  • 1st Place Robert Vanhie, Ailsa Craig ON: 60.08 bu/ac with Hyland Seeds Colby 

Zone II and III

Non-IP division

  • 1st Place Don and Jean Giffin, Blenheim ON: 82.87 bu/ac with Pioneer Hi-Bred 93Y05
  • 2nd Place Mark Delanghe, Wallaceburg ON: 80.29 bu/ac with Pioneer Hi-Bred 93Y05

IP Division

  • 1st Place Dick and Ron Verbeek, Muirkirk ON: 72.58 bu/ac with SeCan OAC Kent
  • 2nd Place Jeff  Struyf, Thedford ON: 68.99 bu/ac with SeCan OAC Kent

The two Grand Prize winners: Don and Jean Giffin and Raube Beuerman, each receive a trip for two to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky! Winners in each division and each zone went home with a cash prize of $10 x their yield in bushels and all winners and runners up receive admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and a local farm show of their choice.

Thank you to all our generous sponsors for making the 2012 Yield Challenges possible:

Spring Wheat Yield Challenge Sponsors: 

  • Platinum – Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada
  • Gold – C&M Seeds

Winter Wheat Yield Challenge Sponsors:

  • Platinum – Bayer CropScience Inc. Canada
  • Gold –  C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds

Soybean Yield Challenge Sponsors:

  • IP Division – E.I. duPont Canada Company
  • Non-IP Division – Monsanto
  • Gold – Hyland Seeds, duPont Pioneer, Maizex Seeds Inc., DEKALB brand,  Mycogen Seeds, Syngenta NK, Becker Underwood, and Country Farm Seeds Ltd.
  • Silver –Secan

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario on new bee death information

GUELPH, ON (September 4, 2012) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is interested and following the recent updates surrounding the  potential impact of the Bayer and Syngenta seed treatments on bee kills earlier this year.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson from Bayer CropScience in Ottawa released a report about an active substance found in seed treatments that may be connected to the bee kills. However it is too early to correctly pinpoint the exact cause. The unseasonably warm and dry spring this year is also a factor to consider in this case with more bee activity than previous cold and wet springs.

“Although the investigation is still in an early stage, Grain Farmers of Ontario is extremely interested in the findings and how they might impact bee production and corn growers across the province,” says Kevin Armstrong, director for Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Farmers must take everything into consideration before making any decisions in the situation going forward and we look forward to the updates as they become available.” 

When more results are known, Grain Farmers of Ontario plans to relay the information to our members in the hope of aiding the Ontario Bee Keepers Association of Ontario and Ontario’s grain farmers with another successful planting season in 2013.

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario spring wheat challenge winner

GUELPH, ON (January 12, 2012) – The results of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s second annual Spring Wheat Challenge were announced yesterday at the district 13 meeting in Elgin. 

First place and a prize of $1,500: Schouten Corner View Farms of Richmond achieving 98.42 bushel per acre with Sable wheat.

Second place and a price of $750: John Schiestel of Teeswater achieving 92.08 bushels per acre with Wilken wheat.

Third place and a prize of $500: R&J Fraser Farms of Ottawa achieving 91.71 bushels per acre with Sable wheat.

“It was a tight competition this year,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Research and Market Development at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “These are all impressive yields for Ontario spring wheat and these farmers certainly deserve credit for great production practices.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario congratulates all entrants in the 2011 Spring Wheat Challenge. The 2011 Spring Wheat Challenge was made possible by generous support from platinum sponsor Bayer CropScience and gold sponsors C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds.

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.

Contact:

Barry Senft, CEO – 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca