Despite challenging weather conditions this year throughout the Corn Belt, entrants into the national Corn Growers Association 2011 National Corn Yield Contest continued to surpass the national average corn yield. They even doubled it in some circumstances.
This year, the 47th year of the contest, there were 8,425 entries, which is a new participation record. The entries achieved an 18 percent increase over 2010 (7,125) and a 70 percent increase over 2007 (4,932).
The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 313.107 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 146.7 bushels per acre in 2011.
While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories ranged from 277.5 to 429.0 bushels per acre.
“Many of our members joined NCGA so that they could participate in the National Corn Yield Contest and test their skills as a grower,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “While many join to gain entry, their view of the organization, and corresponding level of participation, evolves. Once a contest participant looks more closely at our activities and achievements on behalf of all American growers, they see the value in a grassroots approach that unites the voices of corn farmers across the country to affect change. Reluctant joiners turn into vital members, spokespeople for their industry and active advocates of NCGA membership.”
The national and state contest winners will be honored at the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn. March 1-3. Contest winners will also be featured in a special edition of Farm Journal magazine.
North Dakota state winners are Jamie Gorder of Wahpeton (Pioneer, 36V51, yield: 242.1869), Mr. Mark Gorder of Wahpeton (Pioneer, 36V51, yield: 225.5699) and Ms. Amy Fauenberg of Lamoure (Pioneer, 38M58, yield: 201.7833).
South Dakota state winners are Nick Fickbohm of Akron (Pioneer, 34F07, yield: 266.5249), Dougherty Cattle Co of Colome (Pioneer, 34F97, yield: 236.7627) and Dennis Steineke of Hartford (DEKALB, DKC53-78, yield: 232.8199).