VGPA announces the winners of the Statewide 2012 Virginia Wheat and Barley Yield Contests

The Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA) is proud to announce the winners of the Statewide 2012 Virginia Wheat and Barley Yield Contests.

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 producers will be given cash prizes provided 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.

2012 Virginia Wheat Yield Contest Winners

1st Place $700: Ronnie Russell, Corbin Hall Farm, Middlesex County

111.9 Bu/Acre, Pioneer 26R20


2nd Place $500: Evan Perry, Corbin Hall Farm, Middlesex County

111.1 Bu/Acre, USG 3555


3rd Place $300: Bill Nelson, Colonial Acres Farm, Henrico County

110.9 Bu/Acre, Shirley


4th Place $200: John Copland, Jr., North Bend Farm, Charles City County

105.9 Bu/Acre, Shirley


2012 Virginia Barley Yield Contest Winner

1st Place $700: Richard T. Sanford, Sanford Farms, Westmoreland County

154.9 Bu/Acre, Thoroughbred


Many thanks go out to Crop Production Services, Pioneer, UniSouth Genetics, Virginia Crop Improvement Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension for sponsoring the Virginia Wheat & Barley Yield Contests. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.