By STACY CAMPBELL
Cottonwood Extension District
No two years are the same in farming, and this year’s wheat crop has seen its’ fair share of challenges. However, we are fortunate in Ellis County to have some fields that may have good wheat! If you are one of those, consider entering your best wheat into the Ellis County Fair Open Class – Market Wheat Show.
Entries are fast and easy, fill up a provided bag of your best wheat while unloading at the elevator, or at your bins at home. Return a crop data card after harvest to either the elevator, or Cottonwood Extension District - HaysOffice at 601 Main.
Entries must be combine run and shall not be cleaned in any way. Each exhibitor will be limited to one entry for each class. The classes are hard red winter wheat, hard white winter wheat and other varieties or hybrids.
Samples will be sent to the Kansas Grain Inspection Service. Samples will be analyzed and judged on the following criteria based solely on a points system: Variety, Mill & Bake – 250; Protein – 225; Test Weight – 200; Dockage – 200; Crop Data Card – 25; Shrunken & Broken – 100 with a total possible of 1,000 points.
Cash and ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, not to mention bragging rights!
Entries are due to the elevator or Cottonwood Extension Office by Friday, July 1st.
If you have questions call Cottonwood Extension Office at 785-628-9430.
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