Canola 100: Take the ChallengePosted in: Farming By Robert Saik November 23 2015
This July Agri-Trend, in collaboration with some influential industry partners, launched the Canola 100 Agri-Prize. This competition is intended to inspire innovation, imagination and greatness in farmers across North America.
As we look toward the global food needs in the future, there are about six major regions in the world capable of growing more food than they consume. We happen to live in one of those regions.
The responsibility on our shoulders is great. As we look towards feeding an estimated nine billion people by 2050 on our existing (or even shrinking) land base, we will need to rely on the innovation of farmers to provide safe and abundant food.
I was inspired by the work of Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize Foundation, to create an incentive-based competition for agriculture that will inspire farmers to reach new heights.
The Agri-Prize, is like a ‘moon shot’ for agriculture — or, in the case of our first competition, canola.
The Agri-Prize is an incentivized agricultural competition challenging farmers to increase the intensity of their management, technology integration and implementation skills to do something that has never been done before in farming.
The Agri-Prize competition is designed so that together, all participants learn how to shatter barriers as they pursue methods to provide a safe, reliable and environmentally sustainable food supply to feed the world.
This competition will act as a lightning rod, focusing participating farmers on a specific goal increasing their management intensity and harnessing all their implementation skills.
Agri-Trend, together with John Deere and Glacier FarmMedia, present the first Agri-Prize competition: The Canola 100. Farmers, your challenge is to crack the 100-bushel-per-acre canola yield barrier.
The first non-irrigated farmer to crack 100 bushels per acre on a contiguous 50-acres of spring seeded canola will win the use of an entire fleet of brand new John Deere equipment for a season. The winner will have 100 hours use each of a brand new John Deere tractor, air seeder, high-clearance sprayer, wind-rower and combine of his model choice.
This first Agri-Prize competition is open to all farmers in the canola belt of Canada and the United States. Competitors are free to use any type of farming technology, genetics and agronomic practice to reach the target.
The contest will run for three crop years (2016, 2017 and 2018) and there will be a winner — in the event that the 100 bushels is not attained by the end of 2018, the highest recorded contest yield will take home the prize.
The Canola Council of Canada has set out a target for average canola yields to hit 52 bushels per acre by 2025. In 2013, the Canadian canola yield averaged 41 bushel per acre, however there were many farmers reporting field yields in excess of 80 bushels per acre with some reports coming in of over 90 bushels per acre.
So…can 100 bushels/ac over 50 acres be done? We believe it can. Has it ever been done? Not to our knowledge.
Farmers wishing to enter must do so between September 15/2015 and January 31/2016.
Full contest details are available at www.agriprize.com. Good luck!
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