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2017 Ford County Market Wheat Show Winners Announced

Maurice Bleumer and employees from the Allaince Ag elevator in Wright acept the 2017 Ford County Market Wheat Show Plaque.

Maurice Bleumer and Alliance Ag employees accept the 2017

Market Wheat Show traveling trophy at the Wright Elevator

where the trophy will be displayed for a year.

    The 2017 Market Show winners were announced on Monday, July 24, at the conclusion of the Ford County Fair. During the 2017 wheat harvest, local grain elevators collected samples from Ford County producers, which were analyzed by the Kansas Grain Inspection Service in Dodge City. Points were then 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 included: Class 6170 - KSU Hard Red Wheat Varieties: (1st Place) KanMark - Maurice Bleumer, Wright; (2nd Place) Everest - Douglas Melia, Dodge City; (3rd Place) Ike - Grant Powers, Spearville. Class 6171 - Other Public Hard Red Wheat Varieties: (1st Place) LCS Mint - Allen Morton, Wright; (2nd Place) LCS Mint - Kenny Nau, Spearville; (3rd Place) LCS Mint - Rick Heeke, Spearville. Class 6172 - Hard Red Wheat Blends: (1st Place) LCS Pistol/T-158/Ruby Lee - Royden Derstein, Ford; (2nd Place) T-158/LCS Pistol/LCS Mint - Derstein Brothers, Ford; (3rd Place) T-158/WB Winterhawk - Janet Williams, Offerle. Class 6173 - All Westbred Hard Red Wheat Varieties: (1st Place) WB Cedar - Newell Farms LLC, Dodge City; (2nd Place) WB Cedar - Lane Newell, Dodge City; (3rd Place) WB Winterhawk - Alan Wetzel, Offerle. Class 6174 - All Hard White Wheat Varieties: (1st Place) Joe - J. Frank Mages, Spearville.

     The 2017 Market Wheat Show Grand Champion was Maurice Bleumer and his KanMark entry. The winning entry was collected at Alliance Ag and Grain LLC in Wright. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to the Westbred Cedar entry belonging to Newell Farm LLC.

     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 in Hutchinson in September.

     The Ford County Extension Council, the Ford County Fair Association, the Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Dodge City and Pride Ag Resources work together to sponsor this annual contest. Thanks also to all of the local elevators for promoting and taking samples for this year's Market Wheat Show.