Meet Your 2016 Winners: Phillip Gross (Bin-Buster Award)

Phillip Gross

192.8 bushels per acre

Grant County, Washington

Keldin WestBred

We decided to enter the National Wheat Yield Contest for the simple reason of increasing our wheat yield. If signing up makes you do some things differently from how you’ve been farming, and you get an increased return on investment, then it’s worth it. If the simple nature of competition can provoke crop producers to engage in dialogue and different farming techniques to achieve higher yields, then I’d encourage everyone to sign up.

Some of the things we observed on the competition field was that you really need to find and pursue superior genetics. Also with fertilizing, the crop seemed to respond to continuous nutrient feeding better than with just preloading all the nutrients upfront. This is also really important when growing varieties that are prone to lodging, because you have to retard early aggressive foliage growth by choking back on nitrogen early on. Also nitrogen use efficiency seemed to increase with foliar feeding.

In this day and age farmers must be flexible and quick to respond to any scenario that may and will arise. Overall we were really pleased with the final results.

Our farming operation typically produces a variety of crops including wheat, green peas, dry peas, sweet-corn, grain-corn, seed-corn, alfalfa, seed-beans, edible-beans, mint, potatoes, and onions on several thousand acres. It takes an amazing amount of team effort, compromise, interaction, communication, and dedication to successfully ground prep, plant, produce, and harvest these multiple crops.