On 26 September, the 2019 Weigh and Win awards were hosted at Avianto in Gauteng. Several grain farmers were recognised for achieving the biggest yield in various categories. The primary commodities of the competition included maize, soya beans and sunflower seed. Winners were chosen according to the western, eastern and central regions. Categories also made provision for production method, namely dryland or irrigated.


In the category for irrigated maize, HF Cilliers from Douglas harvested 20,9 tons/ha. Danie le Roux from Schweizer-Reneke was the winner in the category for dryland maize produced in the western region with a yield of 11,2 tons/ha. The winner in the category for dryland maize in the eastern region was Jannie Schoeman from Middelburg with 14,7 tons/ha. In the last category for dryland maize in the central region, Barry van Wyk from Fochville achieved 8 tons/ha.


The winners in the various categories for soya is as follows:

  • Cobus Botha was the overall winner in the category for soya grown in KwaZulu-Natal with 5,6 tons per/ha of soya produced under irrigation.
  • Danie le Roux achieved a yield of 4,5 tons/ha in a dryland production system in the western region.
  • BJ Rossouw from Nigel fetched first place with a yield of 5 tons/ha in the eastern regions (dryland).
  • Barry van Wyk was the winner in the dryland category for the central region with 4,1 tons/ha.


The Sunflower winner was accepted by Nelis Potgieter (middle), area manager, PIONEER – on behalf of Gerrit Knoetze. With him is Jaco Snyman, Sales Manager: PIONEER and Tony Esmeraldo, commercial lead from Corteva Agriscience.

In the category for sunflower production, Gerrit Knoetze from Wolmaransstad was the winner. He produced a total yield of 4 tons/ha. – Ursula Human, FarmBiz

Click here to find out who all the finalists and winners were in the several different categories.