Farm Talk

December 31, 2013

Area growers hit high yields in Nat’l Corn Contest


Parsons, Kansas — Area farmers took state titles in the National Corn Growers Association 2013 National Corn Yield Contest.

William Cadle of Independence topped the Kansas Non-Irrigated division with a yield of 222.7877 bushels per acre. Cadle’s winning yield was with Pioneer 33R93.

In the Kansas No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated class, Patrick Johnson of Erie planted Pioneer 35P15 and had a winning yield of 218.4472 bushels per acre. Julia Johnson of Erie was second in the division with a yield of 212.8069.

Nationally, the all-time high yield record of 454 bushels per acre was set by David Hula of Charles City, Va. Four other entrants — from Virginia, Texas and Georgia — recorded yields of more than 400 bushels per acre.

The 18 winners in six production categories of the national contest had verified yields averaging more than 354.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 160.4 bushels per acre in 2013. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 454.9837.

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 49th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members, setting a new participation record this year with 8,827 entries.

This surpasses the previous record of 8,431 entries, set in 2011, and far outstrips the 8,263 entries received in 2012. £