Field Days 2017

Continuing Success in the Field

Field Days 2017 Event

[Newdale, American Falls, Idaho Falls, and Blackfoot]

On July 11-14, Thresher brought together valued growers for the annual Field Days events. Each year, the Field Days events serve to keep growers updated on current market happenings and provide them the opportunity to hear from other leaders in the industry. The 2017 Field Days events had strong attendance and provided growers with several helpful resources and new ideas to help ensure their continued success in the field.

Thresher kicked off the featured presentation with a quick market update, discussed strides in safety and offered helpful tips on storing product. Thresher’s seed program will offer the same continued varieties from 2016 and is excited to announce the addition of three more to support Thresher’s dedication to providing consistent and high quality product. The following seed varieties are now available:

  • Assure – Soft White
  • LCS Jet – HRW
  • WB 4623CLP – Clearfield Hard red winter

Thresher Fall 2017 Seed Varieties:

  • SWW
  • WB 1529
  • WB 456
  • SY Ovation
  • Assure, new! Higher TW than Ovation, excellent yield potential, limited supply
  • Brundage

Blended varieties are also available. Seed Sales Manager Brett Wilken states that last year WB 1529/ SY Ovation and WB 456/ SY Ovation were popular blends among growers. The test weight and quality of WestBred wheat with the high yield potential of SY Ovation offer a blend that includes the best of both varieties. To learn more, click here.

Syngenta will be expanding their leadership in the sustainability field through the AgriEdge program. AgriEdge is linked to their Land.db technology and helps growers track and record their sustainability efforts while finding the bottom line. Syngenta offers to pay $1 per acre, for up to 1,500 acres, for sustainability data offered by growers.

One of WestBred’s growers, Terry Wilcox of Idaho, was the second-place winner of the last National Wheat Yield Contest. WestBred encourages growers to enter in contests and will pay for contest entry fees.

Grain Craft detailed their expertise in food safety. They are focused on helping growers to get their product approved and, with the help of Thresher, will check your product to see if it is subject to being rejected. Anyone concerned about COFO wheat (chemical residue) or the correct grain protectant to use for storing this year’s grain crop should contact their local Thresher manager or Heath Harrison or Brett Wilkin for further details.

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.