The Virginia Grain Producers Association Announces the Winners of the 2015 Virginia Small Grain Yield Contests


Richmond, VA – The Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) is proud to announce the winners of the Statewide 2015 Virginia Wheat and Hard Wheat Yield Contest Winners.


This year’s winners come from counties across the Commonwealth and have once again proven that Virginia producers are capable of achieving exceptional yields. Yield contests, such as this, are an important element in our mission to highlight and communicate the accomplishments of Virginia agriculture to our industry partners and to the general public. The top-ranked growers will be given cash prizes donated by the providers of their winning seed, and will be fully recognized with a plaque presented by one of our industry leaders at the Virginia Grains and Soybean Annual Conference next February.


2015 was the second year for the hard wheat portion of the yield contest and we were proud to see a new yield record for this class! This portion of the contest is sponsored by Mennel Milling to highlight the planting of hard wheat in the Commonwealth; hard wheat is primarily used as a bread wheat. The majority of the wheat grown in Virginia is soft red winter wheat, which is used in bakery products such as flat breads, cakes, pastries and crackers.


 2015 Virginia Wheat Yield Contest Winners


1st Place $700: John Shepherd, Shepherd Grain Farm, Nottoway County

110.5 Bu/Acre, Shirley

2nd Place $500: Brett B. Wightman, Shenandoah County

100.9 Bu/Acre, Featherstone 73

3rd Place $300: Boogie Davis, Davis Produce, New Kent County

100.2 Bu/Acre, USG 3404

4th Place  $200: Evan Perry, Corbin Hall Farm, Middlesex County

95.7 Bu/Acre, Pioneer 26R20

 2015 Virginia Hard Wheat Yield Contest Winners


1st Place $700:  Paul Davis, Davis Produce, New Kent County

86.5 Bu/Acre, Vision 45

2nd Place $500: Craig Brann, Northumberland County

81.5 Bu/Acre, Vision 30




Many thanks go out to Featherstone Seed, The Mennel Milling Company of Virginia, Pioneer, UniSouth Genetics, and Virginia Cooperative Extension for sponsoring the Small Grain Yield Contests.