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

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.

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.

One week left to sign up for the winter wheat challenge

GUELPH, ON (April 20, 2011) – There is one week left to prove that your field is up to the challenge. The deadline to register for Grain Farmers of Ontario’s first ever Winter Wheat Challenge is Monday, May 2, 2011. Sign up today and enter for your chance to win a grand prize of $1,500 and bragging rights in the countryside. Second place will take home $750 and third place rakes in $500.

The challenge is open to all Ontario farmers and all legal production practices are permitted. The field must be at least 10 acres and within that, a 1.5 acre plot must be weighed and graded for the challenge. Any certified milling quality winter wheat may be used.

For the full rules and a downloadable registration card, visit www.gfo.ca/winterwheatchallenge or, talk with representatives from our sponsoring companies Bayer CropScience, C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds to get your registration card.

All registration cards postmarked by May 2, 2010 will be eligible for the competition.

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.