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Ryder Klaassen of Hydro-Eakly FFA Named Grand Champion at 2020 Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show-- Logan Chance named 4-H Champion

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:24:42 CDT

Ryder Klaassen of Hydro-Eakly FFA Named Grand Champion at 2020 Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show-- Logan Chance named 4-H Champion Ryder Klaassen, son of Chris and Ginger Klaassen, was awarded the overall grand champion award showing his Doublestop CL Plus variety in the 2020 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen placed 1st in production and milling and 3rd in baking, earning him the title of 1st place as the FFA champion, and overall grand champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen is from the Hydro-Eakly FFA chapter.

Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd spoke with Oklahoma Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte, and he said there are several things you have to do to get he Grand Champion Title, "Students who are making management decisions, looking at fertilizer applications, doing the research on the varieties that are going to be most suitable on the end-use quality side in baking."

Schulte said with this being a hard year for everyone it was really great to be able to present the awards, "its been wonderful from the standpoint that we've had more participation this year. One, I think because the kids were maybe looking for things to do during the summer months, and they've really taken an active role and we've had more interest and participation moving forward. So I'm anxious to see what this does for the competition overall in the coming years."

Over $18,000 in prize money and scholarships Was given away at the awards banquet, "We certainly encourage them to look at agriculture, but even if a student decides not to go into agriculture, we feel like this is a wonderful opportunity to make them an advocate for our industry and agriculture in whatever chosen profession they choose to go into." said Shulte.

Logan Chance, daughter of Jordan Chance and Chassidy Bedwell, recently placed 1st overall in the 4-H division while showing her Smith’s Gold variety at the 2020 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Chance placed 4th in production and milling and 1st in the bake contest earning her the title of 1st place and 4-H champion overall. Chance is a member of the Okeene 4-H club in Blaine County.

Klaassen, a member of the Hydro-Eakly FFA in Caddo County, received $2,000 in scholarship money for his accomplishments with his Doublestop CL Plus variety. Oklahoma Genetics Incorporated (OGI) presented a $1000 premium on top of those awards to Klaassen for winning 1st place and then Grand Champion overall in the FFA competition with the Doublestop CL Plus variety since it was an OGI Inc., release. Klaassen also received a $500 premium for being FFA champion and grand champion from WestBred®. Klaassen received a $350 premium from the Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation, along with a $45.00 premium for production, milling, bake contest and trophy. Klaassen would have normally won a $3000 scholarship but with his previous winnings has now maxed out his scholarship potential during his 4-H and FFA career.

Chance, a member of the Okeene 4-H club in Blaine County, received $3000 in scholarship money for her accomplishments with her Smith’s Gold variety. Chance also won a $500 premium from Oklahoma Genetics, Inc., $250 scholarship from Westbred®, $100 premium from Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation along with a $40.00 premium for production, milling, bake contest and a plaque for first place baking. In all, $16,000 in scholarship money was given away at the banquet. Scholarships are funded by Check-off dollars and awarded to the top five 4-H and top five FFA entries. The contest is sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation, Oklahoma Genetics Incorporated, Westbred®, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology and Education.

Looking at the Top 5 for Both 4H and FFA here are the Winners:

#5--Tyler Sawyer--Okeene 4H
#4--Breckon Murray--Lomega 4H
#3--Jayce Schultz--Okeene 4H
#2--Destry Swaim--Okeene 4H
#1--Logan Chance--Okeene 4H

#5--Bryer Roberts--Okeene FFA
#4--Parker Payne--Thomas Fay Custer FFA
#3--Rylee Glazier--Lomega FFA
#2--Brant Strader--Fairview FA
#1--Ryder Klaassen--Hydro Eakly FFA

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission works to promote greater utilization of wheat in both domestic and international markets through research, market development, and public education. Five wheat producers representing designated districts across the state serve as the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s board of directors. Current officers are Kenneth Failes, Chairman, Cherokee; Tom Stephens, Vice-Chairman, Guymon; Michael Peters, Secretary-Treasurer, Okarche; David Gammill, member, Chattanooga and Don Schieber, Ponca City, member.

Photo caption: Chris Klaassen, Hydro-Eakly FFA Instructor and parent; Keith Kisling, Oklahoma Wheat Research Foundation; Ginger Klaassen, parent; Tom Stephens, Vice-Chairman, Oklahoma Wheat Commission; JanLee Rowlett, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry; Dr. Thomas Coon, Vice President, Dean and Director of DASNR; Tate Ott, NW Area FFA Vice President and Raegan Klaassen, sister present Ryder Klaassen his FFA Champion and Grand Champion awards for winning the 2020 State 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show overall. Photo Credit: Todd Johnson, Oklahoma State University.

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