National Wheat Yield Contest Secures Additional First-Year Industry Partners

Three additional industry partners have pledged support for the National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC). Through the generous support of equipment partner John Deere, seed partner Monsanto and agronomic services partner WinField, NWF is able to launch this new knowledge-sharing competition to America’s wheat growers. The three companies join crop protection partner BASF, a founding sponsor when the contest was first announced at the 2015 Commodity Classic.

“We are very appreciative of our industry partners helping to fund, design and create this program for our growers across the U.S. Through their support, we hope to drive innovation in the industry, enable knowledge transfer between growers, encourage the use of available technology and identify top wheat growers in each state,” commented NWF Chairman Dusty Tallman, a wheat grower from Brandon, Colo.

“Our goal is to help growers get the most out of every acre,” said Neil Bentley, BASF director of marketing. “Initiatives such as the NWYC give growers an opportunity to work with innovations that help them break yield barriers, and allow farmers to grow and learn from one another. It is important for industry to provide support for growers to try new production practices and push yields.”

NWYC will help increase U.S. wheat grower productivity to ensure an ample supply of quality U.S. wheat to reliably meet the needs of the domestic wheat market and our foreign customers.

“We’re excited to be supporting NWF and the NWYC,” said Jeff Koscelny, Monsanto commercial wheat lead. “Wheat is a global crop that’s absolutely essential to the world’s food supply. We’re committed to wheat and helping farmers get the most out of every acre, and programs like this help encourage innovation throughout the industry.”

“John Deere is excited to work as a partner with the NWF and others of the NWYC. We see this contest as a great means to promote both existing and new practices and/or technologies that will enhance the vitality of the wheat industry and improve the profitability for producers,” said Chuck Studer, John Deere, director of industry relations.

Any grower 14 years of age or older and a member of a state wheat grower organization, or the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) if located in a state where there is no state wheat growers association, will be eligible to participate in the NWYC. The contest will include divisions for winter and spring wheat as well as dryland and irrigated categories under each division, respectively.

“We’re excited for this year’s wheat yield contest because competition brings out the best in growers and sets the stage for the industry as a whole to take that next step,” said Mark Torno, WinField Diverse Field Crops marketing manager. “Wheat growers are part of the fabric of our country, and being able to come together, compare best practices and turn data into usable insights is the key to establishing a new standard of excellence and ensuring the viability and future of wheat production.”

Complete contest rules and entry procedures will be announced later this summer on the NWF website,, through state wheat organization publications and through national, regional and local media outlets.