In the 2012 N.C. Wheat Yield Contest this year, 61 entries were awarded honors. The winners of state yield contests collected their awards during the Joint Commodities Conference in Durham on Jan. 16-18 in Durham. The top three statewide and regional winners for the Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions are listed below.
Statewide 1st Place, Allen Weeks
Allen Weeks, Pasquotank County, produced 119.4 bushels of wheat per acre using the Dyna-Gro Shirley variety. Al Wood is the county Extension agent who helped him record the entry.
Statewide 2nd Place, Poole Farms
Poole Farms of Beaufort County raised 117.6 bushels per acre to take the second place statewide in the 2012 Wheat Contest. They used the SS 520 variety. Jacob Searcy is the Extension agent.
Statewide 3rd Place, Scattered Acres, Inc.
Scattered Acres, Inc., Beaufort County grew 115.4 bushels per acre in their wheat contest entry to take third place statewide. The variety was SS 8404. Jacob Searcy is the Extension agent.
Piedmont 1st Place McLain Farms
Phil McLain of McLain Farms in Iredell County produced 100.0 bushels of wheat per acre to take the first place award in the Piedmont. McLain Farms used Dyna-Gro Shirley variety in their contest entry. Nancy Keith is the Extension agent.
Piedmont 2nd Place, Gene Alexander
Gene Alexander, Stanly County grew 96.9 bushels per acre to take second place in the Piedmont this year. He used Pioneer 26R22 variety in his entry. The Extension agent is Richard Goforth.
Piedmont 3rd Place, A.L. Baucom, Inc.
A.L. Baucom of Union County scored 93.4 bushels of wheat per acre in their Dyna-Gro Shirley variety entry. The Extension agent is Richard Melton.
Coastal Plain, 1st Place, Aycock Brothers
The Aycock Brothers in Wilson County raised 107.5 bushels of wheat per acre using the SS 520 variety. Norman Harrell is the Extension agent.
Coastal Plain, 2nd Place, Ralph Britt, Jr.
Ralph Britt, Jr. of Duplin County raised 107.1 bushels of wheat per acre, using the variety Dyna-Gro Shirley to take the 2nd place award in the Coastal Plain. Curtis Fountain is the Extension agent.
Coastal Plain, 3rd Place, Moses Farmer
Moses Farmer, Harnett County, posted a yield of 104.8 bushels per acre to take third place in the Coastal Plain. He us0ed USG 3120 variety. The Extension agent who recorded the entry is Brian Parrish.