Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association's 2009 National Corn Yield Contest. Despite the challenging weather conditions that plagued the Corn Belt throughout the year, NCGA reports that entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, even doubling it in some circumstances.
The 24 winners in eight production categories had verified yields averaging more than 300 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 162.9 bushels per acre. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories ranged from 287.0744 to 346.0156 bushels per acre.
The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 45th year and remains NCGA's most popular program for members. This year, NCGA processed 6,960 entries - a 3.5% increase over 2008. Steve Ebke, chair of NCGA's Production and Stewardship Action Team, says this contest highlights how, through scientific advances and grower innovation, we can meet growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.
The names of the national and state contest winners can be found at www.ncga.com. Each winner will be honored at the 2010 Commodity Classic.