Farmers achieve impressive results in the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network competition
By JP McDonald
The Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) has announced the winners of the 2022-2023 competition, showcasing impressive achievements in winter wheat yields.
This collaborative effort between Grain Farmers of Ontario, Michigan State University, Michigan Wheat Program, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the University of Guelph has proven instrumental in fostering knowledge exchange among farmers.
In its third year, the Great Lakes YEN project continues to empower farmers with innovative methods to enhance their winter wheat yields. Winners of this year's competition will have the opportunity to connect and share their successful farming practices with peers during wrap-up meetings scheduled for January.
The top performers in the Great Lakes YEN competition for the highest yield potential include Mark Davis from Ontario with an impressive 117.6%, followed by Jeffery Krohn and Wallace Loewen from Michigan, both achieving 107.2%.
Additionally, the highest yield achievers were Jeff Cook from Ontario, boasting an outstanding 173.4 bushels per acre, followed closely by Nick Suwyn from Michigan with 171.43 bushels per acre and Jeffery Krohn, also from Michigan, with 167.1 bushels per acre.
In a media release, Paul Hoekstra, Vice President of Strategic Development at Grain Farmers of Ontario, expressed appreciation for the knowledge and insights gained through the Great Lakes YEN project. He commended the achievements of the participants and looked forward to further advancements in the coming years.
Despite some challenges brought by unseasonably cool spring temperatures and a lack of rainfall in May and June, Great Lakes YEN participants increased this year's average yield by two bushels per acre, reaching an impressive 118 bushels per acre. Favorable fall planting conditions set the stage for a successful growing season.
Jody Pollok-Newsom, Executive Director of the Michigan Wheat Program, emphasized the importance of yield monitoring and data sharing among farmers. The detailed reports and networking opportunities provided by the Great Lakes YEN enable farmers to enhance their winter wheat yields and make informed decisions for the future.
The Great Lakes YEN project continues to drive innovation and excellence in winter wheat production, celebrating the resilience and dedication of farmers in the region.