NCGA Announces Corn Yield Contest Winners

ST. LOUIS (December 19, 2008) -- Corn growers shattered yield records in a year beset with weather problems, using innovative production techniques and improved seed varieties to achieve top numbers in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) 2008 National Corn Yield Contest. Not only was the number of entries (6,725) higher than ever before, and double the number in 2006, but several entrants scored yields of more than double the estimated national average.

“Our growers faced so many challenges this year and really proved their mettle,” said David Ward, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Thanks to hard work and innovation, we’re producing more corn per acre and meeting all demands once again, for corn-based food, feed, fuel, and fiber. The end results were great and we appreciate the efforts of all corn growers to meet the needs of all of our customers. We salute the thousands who got involved in this contest to test and prove their skills as growers, and congratulate the winners for their success.”

Yield is the number of bushels of corn (56 pounds) grown per acre, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimated national average for field corn is 153.8 bushels per acre. The 24 national winners in eight production categories had verified yields averaging more than 310 bushels per acre. In this year’s contest, 19 entrants harvested yields of 300 bushels or more per acre.

While there is no overall winner in the contest due to the variety of growing climates and methods, the national winners with the first, second and third highest yields in each of the eight production categories ranged from 368.2742 to 284.5849 bushels per acre.

“It was great to see so many veteran growers and new faces among the list of entries,” said Tim Dolan, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “This program has always been one of the most popular member benefits we offer, and in its long history of more than four decades it has always given growers a chance to celebrate success and learn better growing methods.”

The national and state contest winners will be honored at the 2009 Commodity Classic. Contest winners will also be featured in a special edition of Farm Journal magazine. This year’s guide is sponsored by BASF and John Deere.

The national winners are listed below. For the full list of state-level winners, visit www.ncga.com.

Legend for Winners:

Winner Name

Winner Home City, State

Hybrid Brand and Number

Yield

Note: Class AA categories include the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Class A categories include all other states.

A NON-IRRIGATED

Henry G. Everman

Dansville, NY

DEKALB, DKC61-69

294.8977

Seven Springs Farms

Cadiz, KY

Pioneer, 31D61

290.3042

Todd Nichols

Cadiz, KY

Pioneer, 31D61

287.5686

AA NON-IRRIGATED

Mark Dempsey

Fowler, IL

Garst, 8488IT

348.3748

Joe Linneweber

Vincennes, IN

Pioneer, 33N58

298.5498

Robert Little

Hebron, IN

Pioneer, 33N12

292.5281

A NO TILL/STRIP TILL NON-IRRIGATED

David Wolfskill

Wernersville, PA

DEKALB, DKC61-69

296.878

Mike Scholting

Louisville, NE

Pioneer, 32T84

288.6893

Lippy Bros. Inc.

Hampstead, MD

Pioneer, 33N58

284.5849

AA NO TILL/STRIP TILL NON-IRRIGATED

K-K Farms #2

Purdy, MO

Pioneer, 35F40

320.8716

Kathy Little

Hebron, IN

Pioneer, 33W84

295.3463

Wes Burkhart

Oto, IA

DEKALB, DKC63-42

291.138

NO TILL/STRIP TILL IRRIGATED

David K. Hula

Charles City, VA

Pioneer, 31D61

361.9252

K-K Farms #8

Purdy, MO

Pioneer, 32B29

329.7074

Ockels Acres

Milton, DE

DEKALB, DKC61-69

316.31

RIDGE TILL NON-IRRIGATED

Michael Kosinski

Westfield, MA

DEKALB, DKC52-59

294.2662

Hardy Bros.

Roanoke, IN

DEKALB, DKC63-42

291.3313

Tanner Farms

Union City, TN

Pioneer, 31P42

287.6928

RIDGE TILL IRRIGATED

Steven Albracht

Hart, TX

Pioneer, 31N30

346.5204

K-K Farms #9

Purdy, MO

Pioneer, 32B11

330.5879

Michael R. Bostic

Church Hill, MD

Pioneer, 34P94

299.5539

IRRIGATED

Double “SA” Farms, Inc.

Hart, TX

Pioneer, 31N30

368.2742

Fern Wright

Walsh, CO

Pioneer, 31N30

327.5094

Chris Unruh

Grandview, ID

Pioneer, 34A14

317.2883

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