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LCS celebrates National Wheat Yield Contest winners

2023 Commodity Classic connects high-yielding farmers from across the United States.


March 30, 2023

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Pacific Northwest winners, seed dealers and LCS team (left to right): Steven VanGrunsven with Valley Agronomics, Gene Warren, Joel Zwainz, Geoff Schulz with HighLine Grain Growers, John Dodd, Jeff Widder, Tatiana Henry.

WINDSOR, COLO.- The prize for winning the National Wheat Yield Contest is a trip to the Commodity Classic. Award-winning Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) farmers had a fan club waiting for them when they arrived at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

"The National Wheat Yield Contest is a fantastic opportunity for growers to showcase their blockbuster yields, and the Commodity Classic gives winners a chance to connect with each other and to the farming community as a whole," said LCS National Sales and Marketing Manager Jeff Widder.

Following are the LCS farmers from the Pacific Northwest who were recognized at the 2023 Commodity Classic for winning a National Wheat Yield Contest award:

Winter Wheat Dryland, Pacific Northwest:

Gene Warren, National Bin Buster with LCS Shine, Dealer: Northwest Grain Growers

Winter Wheat Irrigated, Pacific Northwest:

Joel Zwainz, National 1st Place with LCS Shine, Dealer: HighLine Grain Growers

Steven VanGrunsven, Oregon 1st Place with LCS Shine, Dealer: Valley Agronomics

The Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. This year was its largest to date, with more than 10,400 attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Next year's Commodity Classic will be held in Houston, Texas, from February 9 through March 2, 2024.

Now's the time for wheat growers to earn a free trip to next year's show: The National Wheat Foundation has opened winter wheat entries for the 2023 National Wheat Yield Contest. The deadline to enter winter wheat is May 15, and August 1 is the deadline for submitting spring wheat entries.

"We're encouraging all LCS growers to get in the game," says Widder, adding that LCS will pay the $100 entry fee for yields achieved with LCS seed. "It's on us, so why not enter?"

Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) is a cereal breeding operation dedicated to developing new wheat and barley varieties bred expressly for farmers' climates, soils and growing conditions. LCS is a division of Group Limagrain, a farmer's cooperative established in 1965 with cereal breeding programs in every area of the world where wheat and barley are widely grown. Through the exchange of elite Group Limagrain germplasm across six continents, LCS gives U.S. farmers access to the best genetics in the world. LCS combines modern technology with traditional principles of sustainable agriculture, allowing the company to bring varieties to market in nearly half the time of conventional breeding.

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