Linden producer wins canola yield contest

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He didn’t hit the 100-bushel-an-acre mark, but Merle Klassen from Linden came closest and has won the Canola 100 Agri-Prize.

The three-year-long contest challenged growers to aim for a 100-bushel yield on 50 continuous acres of non-irrigated land.

Klassen had the highest-yielding crop during those three years — 85.88 bushels per acre in 2017. He won a full fleet of John Deere equipment for 100 hours of use.

“I wanted to create a vision of what was possible and help inspire growers to reach a goal that many people thought was unattainable,” said Rob Saik, the former Agri-Trend CEO who founded the contest.

He noted the top 20 growers all achieved yields of 71 bushels per acre over the three years of the contest.

Saskatchewan producers took the top three spots this year, with the top yield hitting the 82.95-bushel mark.

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