Recently, the National Corn Growers Association announced the state and national winners of the 2016 yield contest. While the highest volume of corn acres are in the upper Midwest, that doesn’t mean they have the highest yield per acre. This year, as in past years, the majority of high yielding acres came from the east and southeast. This year’s top bushel per acre yield was Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia with a whopping 521.39 bu/a, on no-till/strip-till irrigated land.
North and South Carolina both made very good showings nationally with John Gause of Scranton, SC coming in third in the A non-irrigated category with 318 bu/a. the A no-till/strip-till category was a South Carolina sweep, with Dan Gause, Daniel Gause, both of Scranton, and William Thomas taking the top three positions with 346.05, 345.27, and 336 bu/a respectively.
And Virginia also made a good showing with David Hula of Charles City coming in behind Dowdy in the No-till/strip till irrigated category at 485 bu/a, and Heath Cutrell of Chesapeake took the top spot in the A non-irrigated category with 347.23 bu/a.
North Carolina’s Drought Conditions Remain Stable
In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, North Carolina’s drought conditions remained stable with the previous week. Just over 62% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, 33.33% of the state is in moderate drought, 12.66% of the state is in severe drought, and 4.45% of the state s in extreme drought. Conditions go from west to east, with the most severe in the extreme western part of the state. The eastern Piedmont and the Coastal Plain remain drought free.
Drought Conditions Continue to Plague South Carolina
South Carolina’s drought conditions remained stable this week as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning. Just shy of 75% of the state is in abnormally dry conditions, almost 42% of the state is in moderate drought, 26.67% of the state is in severe drought, and 9.6% of the state is in extreme drought. Only three-one hundredths of a percent of the state is in exceptional drought, along the Georgia border. The northern coastal region and eastern Pee Dee region remain drought free.