The 42nd Annual Blackland Farm Managers Field Day was earlier this week in Hyde County, and NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler was in attendance. This year, Troxler is looking for the first certified 400 bushel per acre corn harvest:
“This is a very special area of agriculture, not just in North Carolina but across the US. They do some great things in the Blacklands. It used to be called the ‘little midwest’ because of the vastness of the fields. But they also have these high organic soils that grow very well.
We can rival Iowa in terms of corn if we get the right kind of weather. One of the things I have challenged the farmers here to do is to come up with a certified 400 bushel per acre yield of corn. We reached 399 bushels a few years ago, so the 400 will truly be a milestone and I think we can meet it.
I’ll be giving that first person at 400 $100 out of my pocket.
We do have some good corn crops across the state and this year it seems all about planting date and whether the heat hit it before it was fully pollinated.
I hope the people of North Carolina will come to the Blacklands and appreciate all the things in agriculture that they do down here. Its amazing to see the vastness.”
And that 400 bushel per acre could come from Blackland Field Day host Richard Mann’s farm in Hyde County:
“We have a good corn crop and a good soybean crop. We’ll be starting to harvest our corn next week. We planted all of our soybeans behind wheat this year. Our wheat was good this year, it was in the 90-100 bushel range.”
Beaufort County will host the 43rd Annual Blackland Farm Managers Field Day in 2013.
For more from the field day, including photos, visit home page slide show.