Big yield record set in National Corn Yield Contest

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the winners of the 2023 National Corn Yield Contest. This group of farmers put up some impressive yields and proved, once again, the ingenuity and resiliency of the U.S. farmer.  

In its 59th year, the National Corn Yield Contest saw nearly 7,000 entries from farmers in 46 states. Entrants across the 10 production categories, including the pilot category for nitrogen management, Class J, had verified yields averaging 269 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173 bushels per acre. This includes a new national record yield of 623.8439 bushels per acre from David Hula in Charles City, VA, besting the previous record of 616.1953 bushels per acre.  

“Year after year, the National Corn Yield Contest remains the most popular program for NCGA members,” said Harold Wolle, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “It is an opportunity for farmers across the country to put their skills to the test and show the true craftmanship it takes to grow a successful corn crop, and the agronomic data generated by the contest each year helps provide valuable information for future success.”  

Ohio’s top winners included: Corey Farrens from South Solon with 340.4665 bushels from DEKALB DKC63-91RIB (Conventional Non-Irrigated); Lori Dauch from Bellevue with 312.3834 bushels from Pioneer P1197AM (No-Till Non-Irrigated); Don Jackson from Camden with 324.7033 bushels from DEKALB DKC66-RIB (Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated); Luke Haerr from Springfield with 314.7447 bushels from Pioneer P0953AM (No-Till Irrigated); Justin Haerr from Springfield with 298.9246 bushels from Pioneer P1587Q (Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated); and Nathan Ewing from Waverly with 319.5862 bushels from Pioneer P1383AM (Conventional Irrigated). Farrens and Jackson each finished third nationally in their categories. The 27 national, 526 state and 3 Class J winners will be honored by NCGA at Commodity Classic in Houston, Feb. 28 – March 2, 2024.  

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