A Wichita County farmer has smashed the record books with his 121.48-bushel-an-acre entry in the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest.
Alec Horton won the western region and had the highest state yield. He planted his 7.82-acre plot with Joe, a white-wheat variety from the Kansas Wheat Alliance.
The previous yield record was achieved last year by Darren Nelson, Hutchinson, who recorded a 108.48-bushels-per-acre entry.
According to Kansas Wheat, this yearís contest was the most competitive and had 11 entries that broke the 100-bushel-an-acre ceiling.
Across Kansas, thanks to rain and growing conditions in May, many Kansas farmers saw record yields, with many reporting yields hitting the 100-bushel range.
Spencer West, Leroy (Eastern Region winner). Westís winning plot was 16.83 acres planted with Redhawk (WestBred) and resulting in a yield of 87.46 bushels an acre.Doug Keas, Plainville (Central Region winner). His plot was 8.25 acres planted with SY Wolf (Syngenta). Keasí prize-winning yield was a hefty 109.38 bushels an acre, which is now the highest Central Region yield in contest history.
Best management practices are key for winners of the Kansas Wheat Yield Contest. Disease took its toll on the Kansas wheat crop in 2015, so applied fungicide was a recurring theme for the regional winners. West and Keas both used treated certified seed, while Horton used treated foundation seed.
The 2016 Kansas Wheat Yield Contest is sponsored by WestBred, Kansas Wheat Alliance, Limagrain, Plains Gold, AgriPro, ADM Milling and Kansas Wheat. Winners of the contest received a $1,000 prize that was awarded on Sept. 15 by Gov. Sam Brownback at the Kansas State Fair. Each winner also received a $500 prize, awarded by the company whose variety they planted.