From our friends at On the Farm Radio:
The results have been published and David Hula of Charles City, Virginia, has not only held onto the current world record for corn yield, but has raised the bar by ten bushels.
The National Corn Growers Association Annual Yield Contest results were released on December 18 and indicate that Hula brought in a certified yield of 542.2740 bushels per acre from his farm near the Chesapeake Bay. He planted Pioneer variety P1197AM and competed in the No-till/Strip-till/Irrigated class. The previous world record for corn yield was set by Hula in 2015 when he harvested 532.0271 bushels per acre in the same competitive class.
Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2017 National Corn Yield Contest. Again, this year, five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.
The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 53rd year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members.
“The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry,” said Roger Zylstra, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”
Other SAMPLE notable results from around the OTF Radio listening area (Eastern US) include:
No-till/Strip till Irrigated
Craig Hula Charles City, VA DEKALB DKC67-44RIB 529.1376
Dawn Collins Laurel, DE Pioneer P1870AM 298.9734
No-till/Strip till Non-Irrigated
Darren Grumbine Lebanon, PA DEKALB DKC64-89 294.8680
Ed Wood Andrews, NC Dyna-Gro D57VP51 273.2880
Randy Dowdy Valdosta, GA AgriGold A6499 STX 406.0646
Bruce Bartz Denton, MD DEKALB DKC62-08RIB 331.4927
Dan Gause Scranton, SC Pioneer P2089YHR 357.0621
Drew Haines Middletown, MD DEKALB DKC62-20RIB 341.6354