Winners of the annual Corn Contest were (front row, L to R) Dylan Hahn, Kira Cron, Bridey Logan, (back row, L to R) Trey Rush, Dave Wright, and Katie Bodenmiller

Miami East FFA contest proves big ears means big yields

Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were 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 Mountain Dew soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented a T-shirt with a corn-related theme presented by 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 took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of the agriculture industry.

The overall winner was Kira Cron. Her corn was predicted to yield 313.67 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Dave Wright who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 282 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.  Third was Dylan Hahn with an ear of corn that was predicted to yield 259.6 bushels to the acre. There was a tie for fourth place, with a predicted yield of 240 bushels to the acre were Katie Bodenmiller, Bridey Logan, and Trey Rush.

Participants included Halie Lavender, Emily Beal, Lorenza Savini, Olivia Edgell, Casey Copeland, Riann Kingrey, Colton Kowalak, Davey Wright, Kira Cron, Bridey Logan, Cody McConnaughey, Allyson Suinger, Colin Gumpp, Dylan Hahn, Trey Rush, Katie Bodenmiller, Travis Kroeker, Rachael Hodge, Weston Hodge, Grant Hodge, Katelyn Burch, John Savini, and Emily Thimmes.

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