INGERSOLL - Winners of the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) Soybean Yield Challenge were announced Dec. 14 at a banquet in Ingersoll. The three finalists for each of three provincial soybean maturity zone received prizes, for a total of nine winners.
"This was a really exciting year," says Jaye Atkins, Vice President of Strategic Development at GFO. "We had 60 farmers complete the competition this year, which is nearly double last year's competitors."
With an average yield of 61.6 bushels per acre among all challenge participants, there is no doubt that this was a winning year for soybeans. "In many parts of the province, the weather was perfect for soybeans this year. We got lots of heat and many regions received rain at near-perfect times throughout the growing season," says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Research and Market Development at GFO.
The winners in each zone received a cash prize and all winners and runners up received tickets to Canada's Outdoor Farm show and their local farm show - London, Toronto or Ottawa. The overall winner with the highest yield of all zones received a trip for two to the International Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 2010 GFO Soybean Yield Challenge Winners are:
Overall Winner - Gordon Barrie & Sons, Bowmanville, Pioneer 91Y90, 74.15 bushels per acre
Zone 1- 2700 CHU and under
Winner - Scott Thomson, St. Mary's, NK S05-T6, 71.56 bushels per acre
Runners Up - Dave VanderBorgh, Wroxeter, OAC Drayton, 67.77 bushels per acre; John & Beth Nanne, Pakenham, NK S05-T6, 66.21 bushels per acre
Zone 2 - 2750 to 3000 CHU
Winner - Gordon Barrie & Sons, Bowmanville, Pioneer 91Y90, 74.15 bushels per acre Runners Up - Frank Van Der Burg, Lancaster, Dekalb 281RY, 72.22 bushels per acre; R&J Fraser Farms, Ottawa, Pioneer 91Y90, 70.04 bushels per acre
Zone 3 - 3000 CHU and above
Winner Mailloux Farms, Amherstburg, Pioneer 93Y20, 71.98 bushels per acre
Runners Up - Joseph Vanek, Chatham, NK S23-T5, 70.19 bushels per acre; Jon-Ern Farms, Blenheim, 5221RR2Y, 69.48 bushels per acre
GFO is the newest and largest commodity organization in Ontario, representing Ontario's 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The three crops cover five million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5-billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9-billion in economic output, and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.
GFO is poised to have a significant impact on Ontario agriculture.
Platinum Sponsors for the Soybean Yield Challenge include Pride Seeds, Syngenta Seeds, BASF, Hyland Seeds, HiStick, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Monsanto and Dekalb. Gold Sponsors are Bramhill Seeds, Maizex, Country Farm Seeds and SeCan.