January 07, 2019

Rexburg Wheat Grower Is Winner of 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest

Terry Wilcox achieves winning yield with WestBred® wheat

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 7, 2018) – A Madison County, Idaho, wheat grower has been recognized for achieving one of the highest 2018 wheat yields in the country. Terry Wilcox of Rexburg has been named a winner of the National Wheat Foundation’s 2018 National Wheat Yield Contest. He has also won an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida, to attend the 2019 Commodity Classic, courtesy of the National Wheat Foundation and WestBred® wheat.

Wilcox took third place nationally in the Spring Wheat - Irrigated category with a WestBred variety, WB9668, to which he attributes his award-winning yield of 193.38 Bu/A. Wilcox purchased his certified WB9668 from Thresher Artisan Wheat.

“Wheat growers require high-performance varieties, ensuring they can continue to provide an abundant, quality crop,” says Dr. Jeff Koscelny, Global Wheat Commercial Strategy Lead and WestBred Wheat Business Lead. “Wilcox achieved one of the highest wheat yields in the country this year, and we’re proud that he did so with a WestBred variety. We look forward to celebrating his remarkable achievement at Commodity Classic this winter.”

“We enjoy growing Hard Red Spring Wheat, and WB9668 has easier protein,” Wilcox says. “The premiums associated with protein levels above 14 percent were an incentive for us, along with the variety’s ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. I consider WB9668 to be the Cadillac of wheat varieties.”

You don’t have to look far to find the reason for his enthusiasm: This marks Wilcox’s third win in a row in the National Wheat Yield Contest, all with WB9668. He took 2nd place nationally in both 2016 and 2017 with the same variety.

The National Wheat Yield Contest recognizes the top five growers in the sectors of Winter Wheat - Dryland, Winter Wheat - Irrigated, Spring Wheat - Dryland and Spring Wheat - Irrigated.  Winners were determined by evaluating the yield percentage increase above the USDA NASS county Olympic averages. Only first-place state winners within each sector compete for the national award.

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