The results are in for this year's National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest and the 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 313.107 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 146.7 bushels per acre in 2011.
A record number of entries were submitted in this the 47th year of the contest. The 8,425 entries were 18% more than 2010 and a jump of 70% since 2007.
"While this contest provides individual growers a chance for good-natured competition with their peers, it also advances farming as a whole," said Dean Taylor, chairman of NCGA's Production and Stewardship Action Team. "The techniques and practices contest winners develop provide the basis for widely used advances that benefit the industry. This contest highlights how innovation, from both growers and technology providers, allows us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber in a sustainable manner."
The winners in the six categories had yields ranging from 277.5 bushels to 429 bushels.
"Many of our members joined NCGA so that they could participate in the National Corn Yield Contest and test their skills as a grower," said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA's Grower Services Action Team. "While many join to gain entry, their view of the organization, and corresponding level of participation, evolves. Once a contest participant looks more closely at our activities and achievements on behalf of all American growers, they see the value in a grassroots approach that unites the voices of corn farmers across the country to affect change. Reluctant joiners turn into vital members, spokespeople for their industry and active advocates of NCGA membership."
On March 1-3 state and national winners will be recognized at the Commodity Classic that is being held in Nashville, Tenn. To view the top three finishers in each category, click HERE.