With improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices, corn growers achieved impressive yields despite weather-related adversity in the National Corn Growers Association 2018 National Corn Yield Contest.
“While participating in friendly competition, yield contest participants create and share information that shapes the future of the industry,”
– Roger Zylstra, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team.
“Contest winners, at the state and national levels, find innovative ways to help their fellow farmers excel in a variety of situations. Emphasizing innovation both from growers and technology providers, our contest enables us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”
The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 349 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 178.9 bushels per acre in 2018.
While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 477.6877 bushels per acre. Within the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated category on the State Winners list is Terry Vissing, a Reynolds customer out of Marysville, IN.
Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, 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 2019 in Orlando, Fla.
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Credit: National Corn Growers Association
Original Story: NCGA Announces 2018 Yield Contest Winners