Local Grower is State Winner in National Corn Yield Contest

ST. LOUIS – An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2015 National Corn Yield contest sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association.

Bruce Schmit of Bellwood, NE, placed second in the state in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 302.8699 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Producers Hybrids 7268STXRIB.

The local grower was one of 407 state winners nationwide. The 2015 contest participation included 7,729 entries from 45 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers – three from each of six classes –were named national winners, representing nine states.

The average yield among national winners was 386.4 bushels per acre – greater than the 2015 U.S. average of 169.3 bushels per acre. Six of the national winners recorded yields of 400 bushels or more per acre.

“This harvest, the world witnessed the incredible bounty U.S. corn farmers can provide to meet the growing need for food, fuel and fiber both in our nation and around the world,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a corn grower from Newberg, MD.

“Our contest participants demonstrated that America’s farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting state-of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals,” Bowling continued. “The top yield in this year’s contest – a tremendous 532.0271 bushels per acre achieved by David Hula of Charles City, VA, – is a testament to these efforts.”

Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques. Agronomic data gleaned from the contest reveal the following:

• Average planting population for the national winners was 40,861 seeds per acre, compared to 34,123 for all entrants.

• National winners applied an average of 364.06 pounds of nitrogen, 116.39 pounds of phosphorus and 231.78 pounds of potassium per acre.

• Average commercial nitrogen use per bushel of yield was 0.94 pounds for the national winners and 0.89 pounds for all entrants.

• 27.78 percent of the national winners applied trace minerals, compared to 38.74 percent of all entrants.

• Use of manure as a fertilizer was consistent. 38.89 percent of national winners applied manure, compared to 16.06 percent of all entrants.

The National Corn Yield Contest began in 1965 with 20 entries from 3 states. The highest overall yield was 218.9 bushels per acre, while the national yield average was in the mid-60 bushel-per-acre range.

The winners were recognized March 4th at the 2016 Commodity Classic, the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum, wheat and equipment industries, held this year in New Orleans, LA. For a complete list of winners and for more information about NCYC, visit the NCGA website at www.ncga.com.

The National Corn Growers Association represents more than 41,000 members,48 affiliated state corn grower and checkoff organizations,and hundreds of thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs.