IOWA CORN GROWERS ASSN.
Iowans to be Recognized at Commodity Classic for 2013 National Corn Yield Contest Entries
JOHNSTON, Iowa – Feb. 26, 2014 – More than 872 Iowa farmers, who are members of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), participated in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) 2013 National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC). Sixty-five of those Iowans will be recognized at Commodity Classic which takes place this week in San Antonio, Texas.
Growers will be applauded for using advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties to achieve high yields. Entrants from across the United States continue to surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record and a new all-time high yield of 454 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.
Top yield winners from Iowa included:
• Trumm Farms, Inc. of Cascade which achieved a yield of 301.75 bu./acre in the AA non-irrigated division;
• Bentien Farms of Postville which achieved a yield of 268.03 bu./acre in the no-till/strip-till irrigated division;
• Amana Farms of Amana which achieved a yield of 276.08 bu./acre in the irrigated division and
• Dan Peterson of Neola who achieved 314.15 bu./acre in the AA no-till/strip-till non-irrigated division.
NCGA President Martin Barbre, a farmer from Carmi, Ill. said, “For nearly a half century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved, but the opportunity to learn from their peers.”
State winners will be recognized at the NCYC breakfast and national winners will receive awards at the NCGA Awards Banquet. Contest winners will also be featured in a special edition of Progressive Farmer magazine. Winners also receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies.
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.
“Many of our members first joined ICGA so that they could participate in the National Corn Yield Contest and test their skills as a farmer,” said Roger Zylstra a farmer from Lynnville and current ICGA President. “Today as those participants work to achieve greatness in the field, they also support the largest grassroots corn association. We congratulate them on their success.
For a complete list of national and state winners, visit www.ncga.com.
(Contact: Mindy Williamson, Director of Communications and PR, 515-225-9242)