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Cody Cover produces top Southwest corn contest yields

National Corn Growers Association announces its 2022 National Corn Yield Contest winners.

Shelley E. Huguley, Editor

March 27, 2023

2 Min Read
2022 National Corn Yield Contest winners announced. Cody Cover, Dalhart, Texas, tops Southwest yields. Shelley E. Huguley

Dalhart, Texas, corn producer Cody Cover produced 330.1081 bushels per acre to top Southwest yields in the 2022 National Corn Growers Association ‘s National Corn Yield Contest.  

Austin Sage, Texline, topped yields with 312.2461 bushels on his Oklahoma farm, while Jared Gordon, Dalhart, topped the New Mexico corn yields with 288.8906 bushels. The highest U.S. corn yield was produced by Heath Cutrell, Chesapeake, Va., who grew DEKALB DKC66-18RIB, yielding 394.085 bushels.  

For 58 years, farmers nationwide have participated and competed in nine different production categories with 27 national winners, and state winners, announced annually. 


Cover planted Pioneer P1828Q in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-till Irrigated category.  

Jody Bezner, Texline, made 325.5898 bushels in the Conventional Irrigated category with Pioneer P1572AM.  

In the Non-Irrigated, Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till category, Justin Hansen, Lorena, yielded 171.9677 bushels planting Dyna-gro D58SS65, the same hybrid William Zachary Goodwin, Alvarado, planted to make top yields in the Conventional Non-Irrigated category with 161.7025 bushels. 

Cost, Texas, producer Brian Fink yielded 89.5284 with Pioneer P1759YHR under the No-till Non-Irrigated category.  


Sage earned his top yields with Pioneer P1548AM in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-till Irrigated category. 

Topping the Conventional Irrigated category was Nathan Johnson, Boise City, Okla., with Pioneer P1828AM making 299.1813 bushels. Abel DeBoer, Felt, yielded 281.9399 bushels with Pioneer P1108Q in the No-Till Irrigated category.  

Pioneer hybrid P1718VYHR yielded tops honors for Cody Sloan, Gore, in the Conventional Non-Irrigated and No-Till Non-Irrigated categories with 184.0116 bushels and 211.2787 bushels respectively. Steve Sloan, Gore, who made the top three in two other categories, yielded 202.4377 bushels with Pioneer P1718VYHR in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated category. 

New Mexico 

Gordon had the top yield in the Conventional Irrigated category with Pioneer P1572AM and the second highest in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated with 257.0933 bushels of Pioneer P1108Q.  

Angeline Jim, Farmington, topped the No-Till Irrigated with Pioneer P1122AML, yielding 245.5062 and had the second highest in the Conventional Irrigated with Channel 203-83STXRIB, harvesting 242.4523 bushels.  

JR Mason, Dalhart, Texas, took top yields in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated on his New Mexico farm with Pioneer P1370Q, producing 282.4951 bushels and second highest in the No-Till Irrigated with Pioneer 1370Q with 217.1931 bushels.  

Click on this link to view the winners in each state.

About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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