Rules

Pioneer Weigh & Win™ National Yield Contest

(Maize, Soybeans and Sunflowers)

ENTRY PROCESS

Send the completed harvest form to the competition office within 7 days of the harvest, 31 July 2020 latest.

a)Complete the online entry form in its entirety, available on www.weegenwen.co.za
b)An entry is complete once the form has been submitted, the fees paid and the GPS coordinates of the field given. A confirmation e-mail will serve as proof of entry.
c)Entries are open to anyone above the age of 18, farming in South Africa, planting any registered variety from Pioneer.
d)Entries are done in the name of an individual specifically, and cannot be for more than one person, a legal entity, or a trading name.
e)Production practices must be disclosed in full upon request of the competition organisers. By entering, entrants give their consent that yield results and production practices may be published in the media.
f)Any legal use of any input and/or production practice that might increase yield, is allowed.
g)

An entry fee of R300.00 per entry can be paid by electronic funds transfer (EFT). You can enter as many times as you like, but only your best entry will count for award purposes. Bank details:

Bank: First National Bank

Account Name: PIONEER HI-BRED R S A (PTY) LTD

Account Number: 56160027525

Branch Code: 261-550

Reference: Your initials and surname

h)Your entry fee must accompany the contest entry form.
i)You enter a continuous block of 2 hectares of a single variety.
j)Phone your designated harvest officials at least 14 days before the intended harvest date, to make an appointment.
k)No refunds of entry fees will be issued after an entry is in the contest database.
l)

Entries close on 31 July 2020.

m)The 2 harvest officials will be present for the harvest, where the weight, moisture and area harvested will be confirmed. Upon the discretion of the competition organisers, it may however be required of entrants to supply a preliminary yield result by means of either yield monitors/weigh wagons to gauge the chance of winning. Following such a preliminary yield investigation, it is possible that entrants might not be chosen to progress to the next phase of the competition, where after harvest officials will not complete the harvest process.
n)Send the completed harvest form to the competition office within 7 days of the harvest, 31 July 2020 latest.

1. HARVEST RULES

a)The contest entry must be harvested in accordance with the harvest procedures described below.
b)Harvest report forms are required to be completed and sent to reach the competition office by 31 July 2020.
a. If the hybrid reported on the harvest report form differs from that on the entry form, the hybrid on the harvest report form will be listed.
b. The organisers reserve the right to contact harvest officials to validate compliance with contest rules. The organisers also reserve the right, with advance notification, to observe any harvest.
c)Again, it is the responsibility of the entrant to see that their harvest report forms are properly completed and sent to the competition office by the designated deadlines.

2. REVIEW OF FIELD REQUIREMENTS

a)From a field of 2 hectares in size of one variety, the entrant shall select an area of 2 hectares to be harvested. The contest area may be any shape, but must be in one continuous block.
b)Entrants, and harvest officials, are responsible for giving accurate row lengths for odd shape plots.
c)All end rows/turning rows and the equal number of outermost rows on each side may not be a part of the selected 2 hectare contest plot.
d) The entrant agrees to harvest the contest field with a multiple row combine harvester.

3. HARVEST OFFICIALS

a)The 2 harvest officials approved on your entry confirmation must be present for the harvest of the contest plot, as well as the weigh in at the grain silo.
b)Harvest officials should be contacted a minimum of 14 days in advance to arrange for the harvest.
c)The organisers reserve the right to appoint harvest officials from time to time, but will strive to maintain a pool of AVCASA qualified Ag-chem agents, in combination with field technicians from the seed and/or fertilizer industry, including suitably qualified sales people, by virtue of academic and/or experientially qualification. Officers of the Protein Research Foundation, the ARC or agronomists from other industries may form part of this pool, as well as employees from the crop insurance industry, university researchers etc.
d)Harvest officials cannot be the following:
a) The contest entrant
b) An employee or relative of the contest entrant.
e)Harvest officials are responsible for:
a) Must be present during harvesting, weighing (gross and tare) and moisture testing
b) Field measurements
c) Completing all calculations
f)Harvest officials must have the entrant run his combine and the transfer auger empty to make certain no grain has been left in it by mistake. All wagons or trucks must be checked to make certain they are empty.
g)The entrant is responsible for sending the information to the competition office.

4. MEASURING

Make use of GPS technology with 5 meter accuracy.

 

5. CALCULATING HECTARES HARVESTED

The total row length (accumulated length as if one row was harvested at a time) times the row width divided by 10 000 equals hectares harvested.

6. WEIGHING

The entrant will harvest 2 hectares in the presence of the harvest officials, and fill his grain transport containers with the grain from these 2 hectares, after which the grain will be taken to the local co-op scale for weighing.

7. MOISTURE TESTING

An experienced person must make a moisture determination of a representative sample of the grain. It is best to have the same sample run through the meter three times and take the average of the three. Moisture percentage must be noted or a moisture ticket must be attached

8. YIELD CALCULATION

All calculations must be carried to four decimal places. First, find the number of kilograms of grain harvested, corrected to 12.5% moisture in the case of maize, then divide by the hectares harvested to get yield per hectare.

9. CONTEST AWARDS & OBLIGATIONS OF WINNERS

a)

If an entrant enters two or more varieties, only the highest ranking entry will be considered for a prize in that specific category.

b)Awards will be given to first, second and third place winners of all the categories.
c)First place winners will be entered into the Grain SA National Yield Competition.
d)Pioneer does not host an awards function – finalist of the Grain SA National Yield Competition, will be invited to the Grain SA awards function.
e)Winners may be required to share their practices on the applicable yield conference to be held following the conclusion of the contest.

10. HARVEST FORM

a)Harvest forms need to reach the competition office by 31 July 2020, and within 7 days after completion of the harvest.
b)No information on contest results will be released until the results are printed. There will be no exceptions. Results of the Pioneer competition will be released on or before 15 Augustus 2020.
c)Decisions of the competition organisers in all matters are final. The competition organisers reserve the right to disqualify any entry without a refund for violation of these stated rules.

11. SMALL SCALE PRODUCERS CATEGORY

Any registered variety of Pioneer maize seed can be entered into this category – dryland only.

1. ENTRY PROCESS

a)Production practices must be disclosed in full upon request of the competition organisers. By entering, entrants give their consent that yield results and production practices may be published in the media.
b)

Any legal use of any input and/or production practice that might increase yield, is allowed.

Including but not limited to, should be the following:

a. Cultivars registered under the Plant Improvement Act;
b. GMO’s registered for general release in South Africa;
c. Agro-chemicals & fertiliser registered under Act 36 of 1947;
d. SANSOR certified seed.
c)No Entry fee
d)Minimum of 1 ha with a maximum of 3 ha production
e)Appointment of independent yield estimate officials (creation of database)
f)The 2 harvest officials, of which 1 should be independent, will be present for the yield estimate

2. CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

A producer that cultivates less than 3ha of maize in total production.

3. FIELD REQUIREMENTS

a)) From a field of maize of a minimum of 1 hectare for smallholders (maize only), 3ha maximum.
b)Entrants, and harvest officials, are responsible for giving accurate row lengths for odd shape plots.
c)All end rows/turning rows and the equal number of outermost rows on each side may not be a part of the selected contest plot.
d)The entrant agrees that the method of yield determination is based on the formula as described within the measuring section.

4. HARVEST OFFICIALS

a)The 2 harvest officials, of which 1 independent, approved on your entry confirmation must be present for the yield estimation of the contest plot.
b)Develop database of possible harvest officials.
c)Seed companies or Grain SA representatives will be responsible to appoint harvest officials out of the database;
d)The database
e)Independent harvest officials cannot be the following:
·         The contest entrant
·         An employee or relative of the contest entrant
·         Seed company involved
·         Any company providing business activities or inputs
·         e) Harvest officials are responsible for:
·         Must calculate the yield based on measuring procedures
·         Field measurements
·         Completing all computations
f)The Pioneer representative is responsible for sending the information to the competition office.

5. MEASURING

a)Use of GPS technology with 5 meter accuracy

6.  YIELD CALCULATION

The crop must be at a physiological maturity stage.

Calculation steps:

a)Sample
Representative sample – 4 samples from all wind directions 15m apart
b)Yield determination for each sample
Count the number of cobs per 10 metres in a row, arrange the cobs from small to large. Count the potential kernels that will harden to form harvestable grain of every third cob, using a mass of 0,3 grams per kernel work out the average mass of the cob. Most maize would be planted in 0,92 or 0,75 metre rows or tram lines. There are 108 by 100 metre rows or 10 800 metres of plants in a hectare planted at 0,92 widths and 133 by 100 metre rows in 0,75 row widths. Thus for every 10 metres of points counted to determine number of cobs the multiplication factor for our calculation will be 1 080. If 20 cobs were harvested in 10 metres then there are 20 x 1 080 cobs per hectare which equals 21 600 cobs per hectare. The calculated average cob weight must then be multiplied with the amount of cobs per ha. At a medium cob mass of 150 grams there are thus 21 600 x 150 divided by 1 000 to show kilograms (kg’s) per ha (1 000 g/kg) divided by 1 000 (1 000 kg/ton) to show the tons per hectare of yield expected.
c)Calculated the average for all the samples

12. MAP – REGIONAL ALLOCATION

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