(Posted Thu. Jul 26th, 2012)
July 26: The summer may be too hot and dry for many farmers across the Midwest, but the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest reports indicate that many growers remain engaged in the annual program, with near-record participation at the initial entry count. While entries are still processing, preliminary reports indicate that members submitted approximately 8,071 valid entries forms this year. If this proves accurate, the 2012 contest would approach the previous entry record set in 2011 of 8,425 entries, and far exceed the previous record set in 2010, of 7,125 entries.
“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.”
While in its 48th year, participation in the contest has skyrocketed since 2007, when only 4,932 entries were submitted. Should entries exceed 8,100, the contest would have grown more than 64 percent in only six 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 winners will be honored during a special breakfast held during the 2013 Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. They will also be featured in the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, published early in 2013.