Innovation PLUS Dedication Equals 59 Years of Contest Success

August 15, 2023

Innovation PLUS Dedication Equals 59 Years of Contest Success

Aug 15, 2023

Author: Stacey Stiens

Want to be part of an annual National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) tradition that dates back to 1965? Well, there is still time to enter the National Corn Yield Contest (NCYC) and be part of its history-making. With ten classes—nine standard and one new Nitrogen Management pilot, the contest has options for growers willing to accept the NCYC challenge!


“Our family has taken part in the Corn Yield Contest for more than 25 years, and the last five of those being in the strip-till category,” said Maryland grower and 2022 NCYC First Place Winner (Class E) Andrea Rigdon. “We have also been utilizing cover crops for the last 15 years to improve soil health and provide nutrients back to our crop. Growing corn successfully requires trial and innovation . . . and the contest is one way to test out improvements and best practices.”


Don’t miss your chance for Innovation + Dedication = Personal Success! The 2023 entry period officially closes this Wednesday, August 16. Harvest entries will then be accepted Thursday, August 17 through Thursday, November 30. Visit for resources, plus entry and harvest rules.  


NCYC winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 13 and will receive national recognition in publications, such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide. All 2023 winners will be honored at Commodity Classic 2024 in Houston, Texas.


Questions? Contact NCYC at 636-733-5512 or email