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Hard Red Spring Wheat & Durum Performance Contest

Posted on 8/20/2008

Crop Quality Contest

North Dakota already has a highly regarded reputation for its high quality spring wheat and durum, but who in the state has the best? That is the question the North Dakota Wheat Commission is asking again this year as it kicks off the annual Hard Red Spring Wheat & Durum Performance contest. Now in its fourth year, the contest aims to reward producers for raising high quality wheat, by testing wheat samples for a variety of characteristics at NDSU. Cash prizes of $400, $250, and $150 will be awarded to producers submitting the top three samples of hard red spring and durum, while cash prizes of $25 will be awarded to the remaining top ten entries. Cash prizes are sponsored by the NDWC and industry partners: U.S. Durum Growers Association, ADM Milling, General Mills, Horizon Milling and ND State Mill.

Samples will be judged on physical traits and protein content with the top 10 advancing for milling, dough mixing and end-use testing: bread baking for hard red spring, pasta processing for durum.

Elevator drop points for samples are located throughout the state. Contest brochures, sample bags and entry forms are available at elevator drop points or directly from the NDWC office. Producers are asked to submit a 5-pound farm sample of a single wheat variety from the 2008 harvest.

Samples must be delivered to participating elevators or mailed to the NDWC by September 30, 2008.

Finalists and winners will be recognized at the Crop Outlook & International Durum Forum, Nov. 11 in Minot.

Contest Elevator Drop Points
- Beach - Beach Co-op Grain Co.
- Benedict - McLean Elevator Co.
- Berthold - Berthold Farmers Elevator
- Colfax - Colfax Farmers Elevator Inc.
- Crosby - New Century Ag
- Devils Lake - CHS Lake Region Grain
- Edgeley - CHS Dakota Prairie Ag
- Falkirk - Falkirk Farmers Elevator
- Fessenden - Fessenden Co-op Assoc.
- Gladstone - Southwest Grain
- Milton - CHS Inc.
- Powers Lake - Powers Lake Elevator
- Tolley - Renville Elevator Co.
- Russell - Souris River Co-op
- Sterling - South Central Grain
- Valley City - Columbia Grain
- Williston - Horizon Resources

For further information, contact the ND Wheat Commission at 701-328-5111 or, download the official Crop Quality Contest brochure click here.