Local grower is state winner in National Corn Yield contest
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm
ST. LOUIS – An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2010 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC), sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
Kenneth Barnes of Union City, Tenn., placed second in the state in the A Class with a yield of 234.5919 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was DEKALB DKC67-88.
The local grower was one of 522 state winners nationwide. The 2010 contest had a record 7,125 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 24 growers – three from each of eight classes – were named national winners, representing 12 states.
The average yield among national winners was 301.7 bushels per acre – greater than the 217.6 bushels per acre average for all entrants, and more than the 2010 U.S. average of 154.3 bushels per acre. Nine entrants recorded yields of 300 bushels or more per acre.
“The weather in many corn grown regions was rough at times in 2010, but there still were some incredible yields,” said NCGA Chairman Darrin Ihnen, a corn grower from Hurley, S.D.
“The challenges farmers faced last year were evident as the U.S. had a 5 percent decrease in overall corn production.
“That’s why this contest and its focus on safe, advanced corn production methods are so important. ,” Ihnen continued. “The top yield in this year’s contest – 368.4 bushels per acre achieved by David Hula of Charles City, Va., – is a testament to these efforts.”
Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques. Agronomic data gleaned from the contest reveal the following:
• Average planting population for the national winners was 36,246 seeds per acre, compared to 33,460 for all entrants.
• National winners applied an average of 259 pounds of nitrogen, 74 pounds of phosphorus and 69 pounds of potassium per acre.
• Average commercial nitrogen use per bushel of yield was 0.86 pounds for the national winners and 0.88 pounds for all entrants.
• Fifty-four percent of the national winners applied trace minerals, compared to 31 percent of all entrants.
• Twenty-five percent of national winners applied manure, compared to 16 percent of all entrants.
The National Corn Yield Contest began in 1965 with 20 entries from three states. The highest overall yield was 218.9 bushels per acre, while the national yield average was in the mid-60 bushel-per-acre range.
The winners were recognized March 4 at the 2011 Commodity Classic – the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat industries – held in Tampa, Fla.
For a complete list of winners and for more information about NCYC, visit the NCGA Web site at www.ncga.com.
The National Corn Growers Association represents more than 35,000 members, 48 affiliated state corn grower and checkoff organizations, and hundreds of thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs.