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Hoosiers Place in Company Corn and Soybean ContestsHoosiers Place in Company Corn and Soybean Contests

Seed Consultants, Inc., honors Marion Corwin for high-yielding soybeans.

Tom Bechman 1

December 14, 2014

2 Min Read

Several seed companies conduct contests or challenges for growers. Others encourage their customers to enter the National Corn Growers Association yield contest each year.

Seed Consultants, Inc., Washington Courthouse, Ohio, sponsors contests for their own customers. Actually, they offer contests in four categories. These include: 2014 Project 300 Corn Yield contest; 2014 Project 100 Soybean yield contest; the 2014 Soybean Double-crop yield contest; and the 2014 Corn Test Weight Contest.

Stu Yensel, marketing director, recently announced the winners. Seed Consultants, Inc., sells primarily in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.


Marlon Corwin, New Palestine, took third place in the Project 100 soybean yield contest. Using the SCS 9328RR variety, he posted a yield of 69.4 bushels per acre. He finished behind Nathan Phillips, Gambier, Ohio, who took first with nearly 85 bushels per acre, and David Fisher, London, Ohio, who was second at 82 bushels per acre.

The winner in Seed Consultants corn division actually pushed the Project 300 goal of 300 bushels per acre. And he lives in Maryland. Tim Bishop won the contest with a yield of just over 292 bushels per acre.

Triple K Farms of Maria Stein, Ohio took second with 275 bushels per acre, and Matt Milless finished in third place with 256.4 bushels per acre. He farms near Amanda, Ohio.

Very few companies offer contests for high yields in double-crop soybeans. A sizable share of Seed Consultants marketing area is suitable for double-crop soybeans. John Wyler from Fresna, Ohio, won the contest with just under 49 bushels per acre of double-crop soybeans on his farm.

Seed Consultants also offers a contest in a category not often recognized today. They congratulate a winner in the test weight contest. The award goes to the customer recording the highest test weight of corn.

Another Hoosier captured this honor. James Berger, Hagerstown, recorded a test weight of 64.8 pounds per bushel with SCS 11HXX19 hybrid corn.

Dave Nanda, crops consultant, says test weight doesn't correlate with high yield in many cases. However, 64.8 pounds per bushel is an extremely high test weight. The test weight minimum for number one corn is 56 pounds per bushel.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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