Kamut International, along with partners Prairie Heritage Seeds Organics (PHS) and Montana Flour & Grains (MFG) honored KAMUT® wheat growers at the annual KAMUT® Growers’ Appreciation Meeting and Dinner held at the Delta Regina, in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 19, 2018.
Trevor Blyth, CEO emceed the event and provided updates on crop quality and the direction of the KAMUT® project. Jamie Lockman, North American Regional Director, provided an update on health research activities taking place in Europe along with an update on worldwide marketing activities. Wes Gibbs, Integrity Ag Services, provided data on optimal seeding dates and growing conditions for KAMUT® wheat that maximize production. Gibbs, along with Gordon Crone with PHS, have been collecting data on seeding dates, seeding rates, row-spacing, growing conditions, and yields for the last several years in order to help KAMUT® wheat growers make the most of their crops. Bob Quinn provided additional thanks to the KAMUT® wheat growers and insight into the continued growth of the program. A film in production about Bob Quinn and KAMUT® wheat by German filmmaker Bernward Geier was previewed as part of the evening activities. Geier and his videographer Daniel Munding included scenes filmed at the 2016 KAMUT® Growers’ Meeting and Dinner held that year in Swift Current, Alberta. At the end of the evening, growers received a gift bag of Big Sandy Organics’ Kracklin’ KAMUT® wheat.
Recognizing growers and the outstanding work they do was the highlight of the evening dinner. Bruce Beliveau, 2016 crop year runner-up for the “KAMUT® Cup” addressed growers on behalf of his brother Joe, who won the traveling cup for the 2016 crop but was unable to attend, and shared his enthusiasm for growing the grain and appreciation at being recognized for his and his brother’s efforts.
The “KAMUT® Cup” winner for the 2017 crop was Ross Walburger, Wood Mountain, S. The Highest Yield award went to Steven Peterson, Wide Horizon Farm, Midale, SK (27.8 bu/acre). Richard Nicholson, Chinook, MT and Bob Quinn, Big Sandy, MT tied for the Highest Protein award (18%). Tim Weinbender, Morse, SK won the Highest Test Weight (62.6 lbs./bu) and Ross Walburger also took home the prize for Lowest Dockage and Broken Kernels Combination (0.4%).