The Canola 100 Agri-Prize is entering into its second year, and the competition is heating up.
This exciting agricultural race, headed up by AGRI-TREND, a division of Trimble that offers agricultural coaching services to farmers, is open to all Canadian farmers with the goal of producing 100 bu/ac of spring seeded, dryland canola on 50 continuous acres.
The first farmer to have a verified yield of over 100 bushels per acre wins the use of a fleet of brand new John Deere equipment, including four-wheel drive tractor, air seeder, high clearance sprayer, swather and combine.
Sherri Rice, who is overseeing the event for AGRI-TREND, says this year there are 19 fields registered for verification, including:
• 3 fields in MB
• 11 fields in AB
• 5 fields in SK
So far 15 fields have been harvested. Registration closed for verification registration on September 30.
According to Rice, it could be a tight race.
“Yield results are still out as we have sample grades to come back from the graders,” she says. “It is exciting, there are a lot of close results this year. It is looking to be a really good race!”
The competition is a collaboration between AGRI-TREND, Glacier Farm Media and John Deere and was inspired by AGRI-TREND founder Rob Saik, who wanted to replicate the inspiring impact of the X-Prize by Peter Diamandis.
Glacier FarmMedia was first to back the idea, followed by John Deere, who is providing the prize.
This year’s competitors will be going up against the top yield from 2016, an impressive result on Mike and Matt Nelson’s farm near Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Their Invigor L241C came in at 81.43 bu/ac (after dockage at 9% moisture).
Last year a total of 16 farm competitors threw their hats in the ring for verification. This year that number has grown to 19.
For more information please visit www.agriprize.com.