Big ears means big yields in Miami East FFA corn contest

Members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were recently challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in plant and animal sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Kearsten Kirby. Her corn was predicted to yield 327 bushels to the acre with a 34,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Alyssa Westgerdes who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 279 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Third place went to Savannah Holzen with an ear of corn predicted to yield 264 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Fourth went to Michael Bair with a predicted yield of 247 with a 25,000 seed population per acre and is certified organic. Fifth went to Zach Kowalak with a predicted yield of 245 bushells to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.

Participants included Michael Bair, Dakota Bashore, Kylie Blair, Katie Bodenmiller, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Colton Kowalak, Zach Kowalak, Korey Lauck, Lance Rohrbach, and Alyssa Westgerdes.

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