If you've followed our Crop Watch reports online and in the magazine all summer long, it's time to submit your entry and have a chance to win free seed for 2014 from Seed Consultants, Inc. First place is 8 bags of seed, second is 6 bags of corn seed and third is 4 bags of seed - completely free.
All you have to do is guess the average yield of the Crop Watch '13 field. To recap, it was planted on May 2 and May 3. The soils are naturally somewhat poorly to poorly drained, and there is only older tile in the field. Nitrogen was sidedressed when the corn was small.
The field showed great yield potential, but then started showing signs of nitrogen deficiency and the effects of dry weather around the first of August. Our yield checks estimated the field around 185 bushels per acre, counting end rows, but that was using a factor for kernel size that may have been too favorable toward overestimating yield. It was also striking that the average bare tip was over one inch long, with plants aborting kernels that had been pollinated.
Other yield reports from Scott Gabbard, Extension educator in Shelby County, indicate corn yields so far are running from 140 to 180 bushels per acre. Some of the corn harvested early in his area was on sandy or gravelly ground.
To submit your entry, mail in an entry blank from the August, September or October issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer, which asks for a small amount of information, plus your guess for average yield of the field in dry bushels. Or you can submit it by emailing to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered, email entries must include name, address, phone number and cell phone number, plus number of acres raised of corn, soybeans and wheat in an average year.
The deadline for submitting entries is October 15.