Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2013 National Corn Yield Contest. Amongst a record pool of 8,827 entries, Virginia entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, including David Hula of Charles City County, who has set a contest record with a new all-time high yield of 454 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark, including two from Virginia.
“While this contest provides individual growers a chance for good-natured competition with their peers, it also advances farming as a whole,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques and practices contest winners develop provide the basis for widely used advances that help farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations, including drought. This contest highlights how innovation, from both growers and technology providers, allows us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”
Of the six production categories, Virginia Farmers took home two first place awards – more than any other state.
Virginia Corn Yield Contest Winners:
Greg Jenkins, Bena, Pioneer P2088HR, 244.5463 bu/acre
Robert Newcomb, Hanover, Pioneer P1319HR, 243.4037 bu/acre
Ronnie Russell, Water View, Pioneer P0912HR, 222.7345 bu/acre
No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated
Craig Hula, Charles City, DEKALB DKC66-40RIB, 332.7937 bu/acre
John Black & Sons, Charles City, Pioneer P1739HR, 260.3509 bu/acre
Trio Farms, Luray, DEKALB DKC65-19RIB, 249.3994 bu/acre
J.R. Newcomb, Hanover, P2088HR, 281.0657 bu/acre
Brett Wightman, Edinburg, NK Brand N79Z 3000GT, 271.0628 bu/acre
Patrick Newcomb, Hanover, Pioneer P0912HR, 266.4929 bu/acre
David Hula, Charles City, Pioneer P2088YHR, 454.9837 bu/acre
Johnnu Hula, Charles City, Pioneer P1690YHR, 421.2579 bu/acre
Engel Family Farms, Hanover, Pioneer 32B16, 259.9844 bu/acre
The Virginia contest winners, along with the winners of the wheat & barley yield contests, will be awarded plaques and honored at the 2014 Virginia Grains & Soybean Annual Conference in Williamsburg, VA on February 18-19, 2014. Our congratulations to all our winning farmers for their impressive achievements!
Please visit the National Corn Growers Association website www.NCGA.com for the complete list of National & State winners.
Courtesy Virginia Grain Producers Association