From 2017 – 2019, Pioneer successfully hosted the Pioneer Weigh and Win competition in South Africa. This competition grew well over the years and is now ready to grow even bigger. As a result, with the help of Pioneer, Grain SA has established a new yield competition where producers test innovative production practices in order to achieve the highest yields.
A competition such as this provides an opportunity to test the extremes of seed genetics and technology, but above all gives producers the opportunity to learn from each other about exactly what is possible. Of course, the highest yield is not always the optimal level of profitability, but it provides opportunities to see where the boundaries lie and what can be achieved.
The National Yield Competition further provides seed companies the opportunity to establish their own competitions, thus supporting the rural environment. There are already many existing projects that support schools, churches and non-profit organizations. The new national competition gives everyone the opportunity to showcase their own initiatives, but also to be part of the national competition. The format allows individual growers to enter and also offers seed companies the option to enter three of their best yields in each category.
In consultation with seed companies, Grain SA has drawn up a standard protocol for commercial farmers as well as a protocol for small-scale farmers in support of a national competition format, to ensure transparency and standard practices and therefore ensuring comparisons can be made.