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Western NSW wheat champion announced

Announcement posted by Writers Who 15 Jan 2022

Hillston wheat grower takes regional title

Hillston’s Sheldon and Rebecca Dalton have been confirmed as regional champions in a prestigious annual wheat competition. 

In western NSW, Sheldon and Rebecca Dalton’s crop scored the highest, followed closely by Redwin Farming in Barmedman and Karen and Paul Kaveney of Bribbaree who placed third in the region. 

The western region covers Ardlethan, Bogan Gate, Barellan, Barmedman, Beckom, Berrigan, Bribbaree, Burcher, Condobolin, Caragabal, Corowa, Deniliquin, Finley, Ganmain, Griffith, Hillston, Lake Cargelligo, Leeton, Lockhart, Merriwagga, Narrandera, Oaklands, Peak Hill, Rand, Rankin Springs, Trundle, Tullamore, Tocumwal, Top Woodlands, West Wyalong, Weethalle, Ungarie and Urana. 

Run by AgShows NSW (the peak body for 192 shows), the Suncorp Bank Championship Dryland Field Wheat Competition is judged across four regions ahead of the state final. 

“While the wheat competition is typically a yield-based competition, if a grower has made the best of the local season, spraying and feeding the crop to grow an optimal plant base it should perform well in the competition,” President of AgShows NSW Tim Capp said.

Past state dryland wheat state champions include Yarrabah Pastoral Company in 2020 from central New South Wales, Scott & Julia McLeod in 2019 from the south and Illinois Farms in 2018.

The winners were announced at the state final in Dubbo last night. 

This year’s competition is sponsored by Suncorp Bank, The Land, Lowes Petroleum and Stoller Australia.

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