Growers from South Carolina, Indiana, Virginia and Michigan are among those placing first in the 2017 National Corn Yield Contest conducted by the National Corn Growers Association.
Top growers include:
- Dan Gause, Scranton, South Carolina, 357.1, non-irrigated.
- Kevin Kalb, Dubois Indiana, 386.2, non-irrigated.
- John Gause, Scranton South Carolina, 353.6, no-till, strip-till, non-irrigated.
- Shawn Kalb, Dubois, Indiana, 354.1, no-till, strip-ill, non-irrigated.
- David Hula, Charles City, Virginia, 542.3, no-till, strip-till, irrigated.
- Don Stall, Charlotte, Michigan, 407.2, irrigated.
"The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry," said Roger Zylstra, chair of NCGA's Stewardship Action Team. "The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber."
Growers achieved higher-than-ever yields in the 2017 contest, with five national entries surpassing 400 bushels per acre:
- David Hula, no-till, strip-till irrigated, Charles City, Virginia, 542.3 bushels per acre.
- Craig Hula, no-till, strip-till irrigated, Charles City, Virginia, 529.1 bushels per acre.
- Johnny Hula, no-till, strip-till irrigated, Charles City, Virginia, 504.7 bushels per acre.
- Don Stall, irrigated, Charlotte, Michigan, 407.2 bushels per acre.
- Randy Dowdy, irrigated, Valdosta, Georgia, 406.1 bushels per acre.
The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 53rd year and remains NCGA's most popular program for members.
The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 386 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.4 bushels per acre in 2017. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 542.2740.
"So many corn farmers initially join the National Corn Growers Association for the chance to participate in the National Corn Yield Contest," said John Linder, chair of NCGA's Engaging Members Committee. "Yet, as they become more familiar with the breadth of activities NCGA carries out on the behalf of farmers, these members become increasingly involved and supportive. Just as the contest promotes the on-farm techniques developed by many single growers to benefit all corn farmers, NCGA's grassroots efforts join the single voices of members together to create positive change and real opportunities for our industry."
Winners receive national recognition in publications, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2018 in Anaheim, Calif.
The National Corn Growers Association website has a page devoted to this year's contest results.