With harvest well underway or even complete in many areas, the National Corn Growers Association reminds entrants for the 2011 National Corn Yield Contest to submit harvest forms prior to the Dec. 1 deadline.
With online forms available, remember that submitting these forms in a timely fashion is not only crucial to determining contest winners, but also helps supply NCGA with valuable information on production practices that can be used to benefit corn farmers across the country.
"This harvest, we invite contest applicants to submit as early as possible to NCGA staff time to thoroughly review each form," says Brandon Hunnicutt, chair of NCGA's Growers Services Action Team. "The contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. By seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms, farmers can show their support for the contest and their fellow growers."
The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 47th year and remains NCGA's most popular program for members. With more than 8,425 entries, the 2011 contest set a participation record again this year. The 2010 contest received a then-record number of entries with 7,125 participants.
The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using a similar login process to the initial entry form. Login requires entry of the entrant's NCGA membership number.
When using the online harvest form, it is key that all entrants complete one final step. Following submission of the online harvest form, entrants must submit a printed copy of the harvest confirmation form with the appropriate weight tickets attached for verification. Failure to do so will void the entry. Forms and other required documentation must be sent by mail to NCGA, and postmarked no later than seven days after the final yield check, or by Dec. 1, whichever is earlier. See complete rules for details.
The 2011 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) Online Harvest Form is available at membership.ncga.com/CornYieldContest/Default.html.
Winners will receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, and potentially receive trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed and crop protection companies. During the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn., state winners will be presented awards at the NCYC Breakfast and national winners will receive awards at the NCGA Awards Banquet.