Texas growers shine in National Corn Yield Contest
By J.T. SMITH
Texas producers made a big showing in the National Corn Grower Association’s 2009 National Corn Yield Contest.
Roy Carlson of Roy & Shirley Carlson Farms, Hereford, Texas, placed first nationally in the No-Till/Strip Till Irrigated production category.
The Carlson operation took the win with its Pioneer 33Y74 variety that yielded 314.93 bushels of corn per acre.
A.J. Siebert of Dalhart, Texas, was a close second in that category with a Pioneer 33Y75 variety that yielded 309.61 bushels per acre.
Meanwhile, Steven Albracht of Hart, Texas, won first in the nation for the Ridge Till Irrigated category. Albracht’s Pioneer 32N73 yielded 341.19 bushels per acre.
In eight production categories, some 24 winners representing first, second and third place nationally in each had verified yields averaging 300 bushels per acre in the contest, compared with the projected national U.S. average of 162.9 bushels.
While there is no overall national contest winner, yields from the first-, second- and third-place winners in the production categories ranged from 287.07 to 346.01 bushels per acre.
Advanced production methods, better growing practices and improved seed varieties all help corn growers achieve such high yields.
The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 45th year and remains NCGA’s popular program for its members. For 2009, NCGA processed 6,960 entries compared with 6,727 entries in 2008.
“Again this year , we are excited and pleased looking at the yields achieved by growers,” said Steve Ebke of NCGA.
He noted the contest highlights how, through scientific advances and grower innovation, producers can meet the growing demand for food, fiber and fuel.
Tim Dolan, chairman of the NCGA Grower Services Action Team, said the 2009 competition represented some veteran competitors, as well as some new faces in the national contest.
He said the contest is both fun and challenging.
This article published in the February, 2010 edition of THE FARMER-STOCKMAN.
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