The 2014 Market Wheat Show winners were announced on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Ford County Fair.
During the 2014 wheat harvest, grain elevators in Bloom, Howell, Dodge City, Wilroads, Wright, Spearville, Bellefont, Offerle, Bucklin, Ford, Kingsdown and Minneola collected samples from Ford County wheat producers. Those samples were then analyzed by the Kansas Grain Inspection Service in Dodge City. Points were awarded for milling and baking quality (determined by variety characteristics), test weight, protein content, dockage and the number of shrunken and broken kernels.
The winners for the following classes include: Class 6170: First place was awarded to Jeff Breuer, of Ford, for an entry of Overley. Brandan Nau, of Spearville, and Greg Hainer, of Dodge City, received second and third places respectively for their entries of Jagger. Class 6171: Dale Durler, of Wright, took first place with his TAM 112 entry. Second place honors went to Richard Dvorak, of Hanston, for his T-158 entry. Richard Jones, of Dodge City, and Steve Riegel, of Ford, tied for third place with each submitting Denali samples. Class 6172: Winning the Blend class, Feikert Farms - Kyle and Lance Feikert, of Bucklin, submitted an entry of TAM III/Overley/Jagger. While Royden Derstein, of Ford, submitted his blend of Everest and T-158. Class 6174: First place honors went to Lyle Katz, of Offerle, with his Winterhawk entry. Jacob Stegman, of Spearville, also submitted a Winterhawk sample for second place. Rounding out this class, Lyle VanNahment, also Spearville, submitted another entry of Winterhawk for third place. Class 6175: Featured a white wheat entry of Danby by Maurice Bleumer, of Wright.
The 2014 Market Wheat Show Grand Champion is Maurice Bleumer and his Danby entry which scored 786 points. Congratulations to Maurice and Right Cooperative Elevator, at Wright, who collected the winning sample. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Lyle Katz and his Winterhawk entry.
Maurice Bleumer, Market Wheat Show Champion, and Andrea Burns, Ford County Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pride Ag Resources sponsors the Market Wheat Show Champion traveling trophy. The top three entries, in each class, will represent Ford County at the Market Wheat Show during the Kansas State Fair held in Hutchinson during September.
The Ford County Extension Council, the Ford County Fair Association, the Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Dodge City, and Pride Ag Resources sponsor this annual contest. Thanks also to all of the local elevators for promoting and taking samples for this year's Market Wheat Show.