Farmers participating in the National Corn Growers Association 2012 National Corn Yield Contest set a new record by submitting 75 entries that surpassed the 300 bushels-per-acre mark. Bucking trends and overcoming severe drought conditions, these entrants showed the incredible achievements that are possible in farming using advanced practices and state-of-the-art technology.
"NCGA's corn yield contest continues to enjoy such popularity because it showcases what is possible for our industry moving forward," said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor. "I applaud the level of achievement that this record number of entrants attained this year and thank them for their contribution to agriculture. Through knowledge acquired from entrants we learn practical techniques that can be applied on other farms thus enhancing our ability to continually improve as farmers."
Despite higher average yields nationally among all farmers in 2011, only 10 entries achieved the 300 bushels-per-acre mark that year. Entries showing yields this high have not exceeded approximately 30 per year even under optimal weather conditions.
The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 48th year and remains NCGA's most popular program for members. With 8,262 entries, the 2012 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest neared the participation record set last year of 8,425 entries.
The national and state contest winners will be honored at the 2013 Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. February 28 - March 2. During the breakfast, attendees will see the debut of a video featuring high yielding contest entrants providing insight on techniques applicable on farms across the country. Following Commodity Classic, the video will be available for viewing on the NCGA website.
Contest winners will also be featured in a special edition of The Progressive Farmer magazine.
Please visit National Corn Growers Association website www.ncga.com for the complete list of National winners.