Fort Recovery farmer wins sweepstakes

Staff report

FORT RECOVERY — The December winner of the Real Yield Sweepstakes, sponsored by Bayer, is Bill Knapke, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, aho will receive 200 acres worth of Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink soybean seed.

Thanks to Bayer and LibertyLink, growers are winning the battle against herbicide-resistant weeds and supporting the future of agriculture through FFA. Growers who enter the Real Yield Sweepstakes win free seed and Liberty herbicide; local FFA foundations earn donations from every grower entry.

Knapke decided to enter the Real Yield Sweepstakes after attending a field day in Northeast Ohio. He is the sixth soybean winner for 2016.

As a confirmed winner, Knapke is looking forward to 2017 planting.

“It’s time to switch things up,” Knapke said. “Roundup has not been doing the job we expected it to, so we’re going to spray Liberty this year to achieve higher soybean yields.”

In all, 12 growers were named Real Yield winners during 2016. The prize package includes:

• Material to treat 200 acres with Liberty herbicide, the working solution for weed control and real yields, and

• FiberMax or Stoneville cotton seed with the LibertyLink trait to plant 200 acres, or

• Any brand of soybean seed with the LibertyLink trait to plant 200 acres.

One grand prize winner will receive 500 acres of LibertyLink system. Bayer will announce the grand prize winner in San Antonio, Texas, at the 2017 Commodity Classic.

Additionally, $50,000 in prize money will be divided among the 10 state FFA organizations with the most grower submissions. Bayer equips each participating FFA with material to promote grower submissions. Every sweepstakes entry gains a point for the respective state FFA. The state with the most points will win the largest donation and will also be announced during Commodity Classic.

Learn more about effective weed control and optimizing yield with Liberty and the LibertyLink System at

Bayer is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer representative, or visit Crop Science, a division of Bayer, online at

Staff report