Gates County farmer recognized for wheat yield

Published 5:02 pm Friday, February 3, 2023

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Stuart Askew of Gates County is the first place winner in the NC Coastal Plains 2021-2022 Wheat Yield Contest in the dryland division.

Askew won with a yield of 116.6 bushels per acre. For the coastal plains division win, Askew planted Southern Harvest 9520 in 7-inch rows at a population of 1,968,400 seeds per acre.

Askew, a fourth generation farmer, and his wife Laura live on the family farm. He farms with his father, Reggie Askew.

Driven with the desire to improve yields and to be a good steward of the land, Stewart Askew works closely with North Carolina State Cooperative Extension and private industry for maximum yields while preserving soil quality. The Askews have sox Purdue chicken houses, and annually grow 900 acres of row crops.

Stuart Askew has a degree in industrial technology. He is a Gates County Soil and Water Conservation Board member, and is a member of Eure Christian Church.