(Posted Fri. Apr 4th, 2014)
As farmers across the country prepare for planting, the National Corn Growers Association announces updates to the rules for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. In addition to moving to a solely online entry platform, contest rules have been revised to further ensure contest integrity while also accommodating for technological advances to make participation easier.
“For many years now, the farmers entering the contest have continually adapted their methods and technologies in an effort to improve and stay on the cutting edge of agriculture,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “NCGA aims to continually evolve the corn yield contest as well. Taking new technologies and realities into account, we strive to adapt rules to allow the use of today’s tools while maintaining the high standards of integrity that continually grow the reputation and popularity of this program.”
In an effort to accommodate changing technology, NCGA will allow the use of lasers to measure row lengths beginning this year. Notably, a laser may only be used to measure if the rows of the harvest plot are straight and the field is flat. The laser must be able to hit point to point. If the field has any type of curve or slope, a laser may not be used to measure it for contest purposes. It is recommended supervisors verify the calibration accuracy of any lasers used.
In addition to the aforementioned change, changes have been made to the rules dictating supervisor presence and duties as well.
For entries with yields of 289.9999 bushels per acre or less, one or two NCGA approved supervisors will complete the initial harvest check. No recheck will be required. For yields of 290 bushels per acre or higher, one or two NCGA approved supervisors will complete the initial harvest check, but a recheck is required. This recheck must be conducted by two NCGA approved supervisors. While one supervisor from the initial check may be used for the recheck, one new NCGA approved supervisor must also conduct the recheck. The use of two NCGA approved supervisors not involved in the initial check for the recheck is also permissible. Entries with yields of 350 bushels per acre or higher must notify the NCGA office by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (636) 733-9004 before and after the recheck.
Finally, contest rules now require the supervisor(s) involved in all yield checks, whether initial or a recheck, must initial all weigh tickets submitted as part of the harvest forms for contest entries.
For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.
As previously noted, the NCYC will offer only online entry beginning in 2014. The updated online forms will be made available and the entry period will thus open in early May. NCGA will offer a discounted entry fee of $75 for early registrants through June 16. Entry will remain open at the full rate of $110 through August 1. All harvest forms will be due by November 21. Contest winners will be announced on December 19.
For half of a 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.
Winners 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. In Phoenix, Ariz., during the 2015 Commodity Classic, winners will be honored during the NCGA Awards Banquet and the NCYC State Winners Breakfast.