2016 National Wheat Yield Contest

We’re pleased to present Thresher growers with a great opportunity. If you’re having a great yield year, pay close attention because you could win big for doing what you do so well. We encourage all Thresher growers to read on, participate and have fun.

Your yield could yield big prizes

Monsanto and the WestBred brand are the proud exclusive sponsors of the National Wheat Foundation’s inaugural National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC).  Contest winners are determined by the increase in yield above the most recent USDA-NASS published county average, so we’re excited for some Thresher growers to get involved. The grower who wins the NWYC receives a free trip to Commodity Classic 2017 for themselves and a spouse or adult guest. The trip will be provided by WestBred.

We’re looking for the best of the best to enter the contest, so WestBred has offered to pay for membership to the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) for contestants who are not already NAWG members or members of their state wheat growers association.

Contest Guidelines

  • The NWYC has one category — spring wheat — and one subcategory — dryland.
  • The top five winners from both categories will be recognized, totaling 10 winners.
  • Winners will be determined by the percentage increase in yield above their most recent USDA/NASS-published county average. Highest actual yield will be used in the case of a tie.
  • Entries must use a certified or branded wheat seed variety on a minimum contest plot of five acres. No bin-run seed will be accepted.

Spring wheat entries are due June 15, 2016.

Ready to win?

Contact your Thresher sales manager for more information about the contest and how to enter.


4-day/3-night trip for 2 to San Antonio includes (i) round-trip coach air transportation for 2 people from a major airport in the U.S. nearest the winner’s home to San Antonio — – the winner and all guests must travel from one departure location and must travel on the same itinerary; (ii) standard hotel accommodations, double occupancy, for 3 nights; (iii) ground transfers to/from the airport, hotel while in San Antonio.  All travel arrangements must be made by travel agent designated by Sponsor the sponsor and travel must take place on dates specified by Sponsor the sponsor which are subject to change at the Sponsor’s sponsor’s sole discretion. If winner and guests are unable or unwilling to travel on the dates specified, the Prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Travel prizes are subject to terms and conditions of travel service providers. Certain restrictions and black-out dates may apply. Approximate Retail Valueretail value (“ARV”) of the Prizeprize: $2,500, and is subject to fluctuations in airfare and the location of the departure city. Any difference in the stated ARV and the actual value of the Prize prize will not be awarded. All other expenses not specified herein, including flight insurance, travel insurance, meals and personal expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner.

In the case of a tie, a winner will be chosen via random drawing.

Winners of prizes from WestBred: (i) may be required to complete a Liability/Publicity Releaseliability/publicity release; (ii) are responsible for all applicable local, state and federal   taxes; and (iii) may be required to complete, sign and return to WestBred an IRS Form W-9 prior to receiving a prize.

Thresher Offers Cover Crop Mixes

To keep up with the rising prevalence of cover crops and, more importantly, the needs of our producers, Thresher offers an array of cover crop mixes that are specially formulated for the region and for the traditional small grain/potato rotation.

Today, through a partnership with La Crosse Seed, three Thresher mixes are available.  These mixes offer many benefits to producers, including improved soil structure and resilience, enhanced nutrient availability and suppression of harmful pests. These mixes also slow the effects of erosion and soil compaction that often result from today’s farming practices.

Basic N Mix

Winter Peas 84%   +   Thresher Select Daikon Radish 16%

Basic N Mix is a practical option for fixing Nitrogen before grass cash crops. The winter peas should overwinter, maximizing N and biomass production. The daikon radish will hold and sequester any leftover nutrients and also break up compaction left from the preceding crop harvest or other less-than-ideal field conditions.

Scavenger Mix

Winter Triticale   +   Winter Peas 23%   +   Thresher Select Daikon Radish 6%

This mix of winter triticale, winter peas and radish works as an all-purpose mix, combining maximum biomass potential while scavenging leftover nitrogen and other nutrients left from the previous crop.  Winter peas provide spring nitrogen and encourage more growth from the triticale and radish.  Scavenger Mix offers superior ground cover, the ideal combination for reducing wind and water erosion.

Fumigator Mix

Crimson Clover + Brown Mustard + Thresher Select Daikon Radish + Purple Top Turnips + Rapeseed

Fumigator Mix is a grouping of brassicas species aimed at bio-fumigation and overall pest suppression. The combination of crimson clover and brassicas will not only break up compaction and add biomass, but will also supply nitrogen and scavenge any leftover nutrients left from the previous crop, all while protecting the soil from damaging wind erosion.

For more information on cover crops and Thresher’s three mixes, contact your local Thresher representative.

Certified Seed and Why it’s the Way of the Future

Certified seed is essential to producers. The certification process provides confidence when it comes to purity and germination, and it actually saves more money than it costs.

A recent “drill-box” survey conducted in Cache County, Utah proves our points. The survey included 42 spring small-grain samples and 46 fall-planted small-grain samples from Cache County. Clark Israelsen, USU Extension Agent, Cache County, explains the key findings:

“For each sample collected, we conducted a germination test, assessed seed purity, identified percent and identity of weed seeds, inert matter and other crop seeds (such as wheat seeds mixed with barley seed). The typical analysis on certified seed was 99.09% purity, 98% germination, 0% weeds, 0% other crops and 0.01% inert matter. By comparison, farmer saved seed was 98.34% pure, but only an average of 87% of the seed germinated.  A germination test 12% lower than certified is reason enough to only plant certified.  Even more alarming was the fact that germination from some of the farmer saved seed was as low as 48%.  Another real concern from non-certified seed came from the detection of 0.32% weeds, 0.26% other crop seed and 1.13% inert matter.  Much of the weed seed was barnyard grass, green foxtail, goosefoot, wild mustard, pigweed, witchgrass, wild buckwheat, quack grass, lambs quarter and field bindweed. Most of these seeds are tiny, so on a percentage basis, a multitude of weeds were being planted for each cultivated crop such as wheat or barley. Anything saved on the initial cost of the seed was soon lost to reduced yield or additional herbicide costs from attempting to control weeds that the grower actually planted…it is amazing that someone would consider planting such seed.

Certified seed is typically grown by local farmers in cooperation with local seed companies. It is also inspected several times throughout the growing and conditioning process by accredited, third-party inspectors before it qualifies as certified seed and is sold to the farmer. The drill-box survey demonstrates that certified seed is actually a savings instead of an expense.”

For more details regarding this survey and ideas for planting successful crops, click here to read A Good Start, by seed treatment specialist Mike Erickson of the McGregor Company.

How Thresher can help. 

Thresher is dedicated to providing the highest-quality seed. Now that we’ve discussed why certified seed is important and beneficial to the future of your crops, let’s take a look at how you can ensure that you consistently create the best seed options:

  1. Draw upon a variety of seed that is inspected locally and tested for purity and germination.
  2. Plant high-quality milling wheat varieties to increase the marketability of your grain and generate a better bottom line.
  3. Find a sourcing and production expert that provides seed treatment with choices that meet your specific grower needs. Make sure you have access to the most up-to-date seed genetics available in your area.
  4. Remember, on the farm, portable seed treatment application does not get each seed coated which increases the risk of disease. Find the right seed treatment that prevents disease and good management to mitigate these risks.

Thresher’s proven Certified Seed program provides benefits that help producers follow the four tips listed above explicitly. The Identity Preservation (IP) program ensures only high-quality, approved varieties such as select hard whites, hard reds and soft whites are produced with improved milling and baking traits.

To learn more about the Thresher Seed Program, visit thresherwheat.com/seed/.

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