The National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) 40th National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) once again showcased corn growers' tremendous production capabilities, as all 27 of the national winners topped at least 232 bushels per acre.



"Our 40th National Corn Yield Contest was another success, just as it has been every year since 1965. NCGA growers continue to outdo themselves every year," said NCGA President Gerald Tumbleson. "This contest gives growers a chance to test some management practices they have learned over the years while maintaining costs and efficiency, and we encourage them to test techniques that could make a difference in yields for the future."



The 27 winners were among the 2,997 total entries from 47 states. Twelve states were represented among the 27 winners. Though the NCYC does not recognize an overall winner, the winning yields ranged from 345.9452 bushels per acre by Kip Cullers of Purdy, Mo., to 232.4453 by Brenda Tanner of Union City, Tenn. This year, 10 contestants, including all three winners in the AA Non-irrigated and Irrigated classes, recorded yields of more than 300 bushels. The contestant who finished in fourth place in the Irrigated class also reached more than 300 bushels. The average bushels per acre among the 27 winners was 287.



This year's contest had a first: Cullers became the first twin-row entrant to win a category. Seventeen growers entered twin-row fields this year. Tumbleson said the NCYC is also an opportunity for farmers to match up their production skills with farmers from their states and across the nation.



"We were excited to see growers try innovative methods," Tumbleson said. "Our growers are becoming increasingly efficient and adaptable. This contest allows growers to show off their production skills and measure themselves against growers in their area or growers using the same farming techniques."



All winners will be recognized at the 2006 Commodity Classic, the combined convention and trade show of NCGA and the American Soybean Association, March 2-4 in Anaheim, Calif. The 512 state Corn Yield Contest winners will be honored at a breakfast, and national winners will be honored at an awards banquet. For a complete list of winners and for more information about NCYC, visit the NCGA Web site: http://www.ncga.com .



Following are the 27 national winners by class:
Legend for Winners:
WINNER NAME
WINNER CITY, FIELD STATE, MEMBER STATE
HYBRID BRAND, HYBRID NUMBER
YIELD PER BUSHELS



A NON-IRRIGATED CLASS



Bobby Woodall
Decherd, TN, TN
Pioneer, 31N28
280.1571 Yield Per Bushels



Henry G. Everman
Dansville, NY, NY
Pioneer, 33B54
268.8958 Yield Per Bushels



M. A. Kennedy Farms
Dansville, NY, NY
Pioneer, 33B54
266.8001



AA NON-IRRIGATED



Mezera Farms
Bagley, WI, WI
Pioneer, 34N42
323.0586 Yield Per Acre



Francis R. Childs
Manchester, IA, IA
Pioneer, 35Y62
320.1849



Mez-Farm
Bagley, WI, WI
DEKALB, DKC61-43
306.7674



A NO TILL/STRIP TILL NON-IRRIGATED



David K. Hula
Charles City, VA, VA
Pioneer, 33M54
334.8417 Yield Per Acre



Gary Swede Farms, Inc.
Pavilion, NY, NY
DEKALB, DKC57-81
265.8949 Yield Per Acre



H. David Everman
Dansville, NY, NY
Pioneer, 33B54
264.5055 Yield Per Acre



AA NO TILL/STRIP TILL NON-IRRIGATED



Jeff Mezera
Bagley, WI, WI
Pioneer, 34A16
302.8604 Yield Per Acre



Jeff Mezera, 1
Bagley, WI, WI
Pioneer, 34N42
292.2454 Yield Per Acre



Kevin Klahn
Brooklyn, WI, WI
Pioneer, 34N42
280.551 Yield Per Acre



NO TILL/STRIP TILL IRRIGATED



Don Carpenter
Dimmitt, TX, TX
Pioneer, 33B51
311.7813 Yield Per Acre



Donny Carpenter
Dimmitt, TX, TX
Pioneer, 33B51
296.2879 Yield Per Acre



Diane & Mike Hawman
Hermiston, OR, OR
Pioneer, 34A15
293.2874 Yield Per Acre



A RIDGE TILL NON-IRRIGATED



Mark Gorder
Wahpeton, ND, ND
Pioneer, 38H67
237.7032 Yield Per Acre



Mark Moody
Auburn, NE, NE
Pioneer, 33B51
235.8043 Yield Per Acre



Brenda Tanner
Union City, TN, TN
Pioneer, 33M54
232.4453 Yield Per Acre



AA RIDGE TILL NON-IRRIGATED



Gary Neal Porter
Mercer, MO, IA
Pioneer, 31N28
276.3603 Yield Per Acre



Cox Farms
Delta, MO, MO
Pioneer, 31N28
267.1678 Yield Per Acre



Lori Porter
Mercer, MO, MO
Garst, 8292YG1
259.7385 Yield Per Acre



RIDGE TILL IRRIGATED



Justin Ogle
Harold, SD, SD
Pioneer, 33B54
290.5335 Yield Per Acre



Tim L. Moss
Selden, KS, KS
Garst, 8380IT
284.0887 Yield Per Acre



Lee Potter
Wilcox, NE, NE
Pioneer, 31N28
279.1214 Yield Per Acre



IRRIGATED



Kip Cullers
Purdy, MO, MO
Pioneer, 31N28
345.9452 Yield Per Acre



Hawman Farms Inc.
Hermiston, OR, OR
Pioneer, 34A15
318.172 Yield Per Acre



RDO-Bos. Farms LLC
Boardman, OR, OR
Pioneer, 32W86
313.8003 Yield Per Acre



The National Corn Growers Association mission is to create and increase opportunities for corn growers in a changing world and to enhance corn's profitability and usage. NCGA represents nearly 33,000 members, 26 affiliated state corn grower organizations and hundreds of thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs.



Source: National Corn Growers Association