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NCGA 2009 Corn Yield Guide Now Online

The National Corn Growers Association [3] 2009 Corn Yield Guide is now available for download [4].

“The National Corn Yield Contest provides a glimpse at the practices and resultant yields that growers can expect to become the industry standard in the next decade,” says NCGA President Darrin Ihnen, a grower from Hurley, SD. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of this year’s winners and look forward to a future with even higher average yields that will ensure we can meet ever increasing demand.”

This year, Bill Walsh, a Colorado grower, achieved the highest yield nationally. Entering in the irrigated class, he planted Pioneer seeds and achieved a yield of 346.0156 bu./acre. The yields of national winners averaged 306.74 bu. with state winners averaging 242.82. The average yield of a contest entrant was 227.31, more than 37% higher than the USDA [5]’s projected national average of 165.2.

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 46th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. This year, NCGA processed 6,958 entries – a 3.5% increase over 2008 (6,727 entries) and 41% increase over 2007 (4,932 entries). The contest provides growers with an opportunity to showcase their achievements while establishing innovative practices that benefit the industry as a whole.