National winners for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest


The National Wheat Foundation’s National Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the United States and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. Today, NWF is announcing the national winners for the 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest.

“A special congratulations to Rick Pearson from Buhl, ID and Tom Duyck from Forest Grove, Oregon for being this year’s Irrigated and Dryland Bin Buster winners,” stated Foundation Board President Wayne Hurst. “This is the second year we have included a quality component into the Contest which not only lead to an increase in applicants but diversified the candidate pool. Because wheat is a food crop, quality is important to our consumers, bakers, and millers. Improved quality is very important and critical to increasing demand for wheat.”

The contest recognizes winners in two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated.

“NWF would like to thank each grower for enrolling in the NWYC and thank our sponsors for helping to make the Contest available to wheat growers in the United States. Entries for the Contest continue to be on an uphill trend, and this year we received a record-breaking 397 entries,” continued Hurst.

This year’s National winners per category:

Bin Buster Winners

Rick Pearson
Field Location: Twin Falls County, ID
Variety/Variety Name: AgriPro, SY Ovation
Category: Winter Wheat – Irrigated
Final Yield: 211.59

Tom Duyck
Field Location: Washington, OR
Variety/Variety Name: ORCF, Rosalyn
Category: Winter Wheat – Dryland
Final Yield: 191.66


The national winners attending the 2020 Commodity Classic will be recognized during a reception celebrating the Contest and its winners. The 2020 Classic will be held in San Antonio from Feb. 27 to 29. Official rules and entry details for the 2020 Contest will be available by Jan. 1, 2020, online.

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