The National Corn Growers Association has released its 2011 National Corn Yield Contest Guide online. Writing a personal message, NCGA President Garry Niemeyer says – farmers demonstrated their hope and excitement about their profession by setting a new record, in 2011 with 8,431 entries. This is an 18 percent increase over 2010.
Niemeyer continues, – the importance of the contest to the industry as a whole increases along with its size. In providing a broader, more comprehensive data set, the techniques used by contest applicants help farmers across the country develop more efficient, productive operations.
In 2011, 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. National and state contest winners will be honored at the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tennessee, March 1-3. The NCGA National Corn Yield Contest, now in its 47th year, remains the association's most popular program for members.