(Posted Fri. Aug 26th, 2011)
Aug. 26: The summer may be winding down, but things are heating up for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest this August. While entries are still processing, preliminary reports indicate that members submitted approximately 8,300 valid entries forms this year. If this proves accurate, the 2010 contest would break the previous entry record set in 2010 with 7,125 entries.
While in its 47th year, participation in the contest has skyrocketed since 2007, when only 4,932 entries were submitted. Should entries exceed 8,300, the contest would have grown more than 68 percent in only five years and upheld its traditional status as the most popular program among members.
The contest, which bestows awards in a variety of categories and across a range of geographical areas, provides farmers with both a chance to compete and with a tool through which they can find the best ways to increase yields throughout their operations – thus increasing efficiency, productivity and profitability.
“The ever increasing popularity of the contest astonishes me and is truly a testament to its reputation for excellence,” said Brandon Hunnicutt, chairman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “Through its long history, this program has always provided growers a chance to celebrate success and explore better production methods. As we must continually increase yields to meet growing demands, the contest provides an exciting vehicle to improve growing methods.”
The winners will be honored during a special breakfast held during the 2012 Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn. They will also be featured in a special edition of Farm Journal magazine.