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Kansas Corn Yield Contest winners are Alex Noll, left, and Tyler Hands. They are shown with Kansas Corn chief executive Greg Krissek Kansas Corn Growers Association.
CONTEST WINNERS: Kansas Corn Yield Contest winners Alex Noll (left) and Tyler Hands are presented with their awards at the 2020 Kansas Corn Symposium. Also pictured is Kansas Corn CEO Greg Krissek (right).

Corn contest yields impressive despite challenges

The top irrigated corn yield was 304 bushels per acre; dryland, 281 bushels per acre.

Kansas growers who entered the Kansas Corn Yield Contest overcame challenging planting and growing conditions to produce high yields in 2019.

Southwest Kansas grower Tyler Hands, Finney County, entered the top irrigated yield in the contest at 304 bushels per acre with Pioneer P1828AM. Northeast Kansas grower Alex Noll, Leavenworth County, entered the top dryland yield at 281 bushels per acre with DeKalb 6674 RIB SS.

“We had some great entries into the Kansas Corn Yield Contest,” says Dale Fjell, director of research and stewardship for Kansas Corn. “With the contest in its second year, we plan to continue building this program, learn from the results and showcase the productivity of Kansas corn producers.”

The contest offers awards to dryland and irrigated winners in ten districts, along with one statewide dryland and one statewide irrigated winner. The winners were recognized at the 2020 Kansas Corn Symposium held Jan. 23.

The Kansas Corn Yield Contest was created to recognize high-yielding Kansas corn farmers and gain information to improve practices and increase efficiency for greater sustainability and profitability. Sharing the data collected among Kansas farmers benchmarks the corn yields and provides information for improving management practices.

Below is a list of the yield contest winners and the county where their winning field was grown.

Overall state dryland and irrigated winners

  • Dryland: Alex Noll, Leavenworth County; Yield: 281 bushels per acre; Hybrid: DeKalb 6674 RIB SS
  • Irrigated: Tyler Hands, Finney County; Yield: 303.8175 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM

Northwest — District 1

Dryland Category

  1. Leo Zodrow, Decatur County; Yield: 156.3544 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P0805AM
  2. Justin Zodrow, Decatur County; Yield: 152.1988; Hybrid: Pioneer P1498AM1
  3. Leo Zodrow, Decatur County; Yield: 134.3523 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P0805AM

Irrigated Category

  1. Jason Geisinger, Sheridan County; Yield: 252.8021 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1366AM
  2. Harold Koster, Sheridan County; Yield: 250.5278 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1366Q
  3. Mark Hill, Sheridan; Yield: 240.98 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1370Q

West central — District 2

Dryland Category

  1. Jason Edwards, Logan County; Yield: 162 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold 6499STX

Southwest — District 3

Irrigated Category

  1. Tyler Hands, Finney County; Yield: 303.8175 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM
  2. Tyler Hands, Finney County; Yield: 283.7761 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM
  3. Tyler Hands, Finney County; Yield: 267.30; Hybrid: Pioneer P1366AM

North central — District 4

Dryland Category

  1. Lee Pifer, Washington County; Yield: 197.5017 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1244AM
  2. Sue Pifer, Washington County; Yield: 189.4397 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1244AM
  3. Ryan Stewart, Washington County; Yield: 184.8998 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1244AM

Irrigated Category

  1. Todd Cyr, Cloud County; Yield: 272.6653 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM
  2. Faye Cyr, Cloud County; Yield: 263.3359 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM
  3. Cordell Cyr, Cloud County; Yield: 247.1330 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1828AM

Central — District 5

Dryland Category

  1. Neal Galle, McPherson County; Yield: 157.93 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold 6619

Irrigated Category

  1. John Bergkamp, McPherson County; Yield: 288.22 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold 6544VT2

South central — District 6

Dryland Category

  1. Aaron Pauly, Sedgwick County; Yield: 201.8035 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer 1847AML
  2. Bruce Seiler, Sedgwick County; Yield: 194.2562 bushels per acre; Hybrid: DeKalb 6355
  3. Tony Spexarth, Sedgwick County; Yield: 149.73 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold A6619VT2RIB

Irrigated Category

  1. Tony Spexarth, Sedgwick County; Yield: 251.2047 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold 6544VT2RIB

Northeast — District 7

Dryland Category

  1. Alex Noll, Leavenworth County; Yield: 281 bushels per acre; Hybrid: DeKalb 6674 RIB SS
  2. Ryan Holthaus, Brown County; Yield: 217.17 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Mycogen MY12G35
  3. Cliff Swart, Nemaha County; Yield: 212 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer 1366

East central — District 8

Dryland Category

  1. Glenn Caldwell, Anderson County; Yield: 132.08 bushels per acre; Hybrid: DeKalb 52-61 RIB

Southeast — District 9

Dryland Category

  1. Shawn Geffert, Allen County; Yield: 168.42 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1151 AM

North northeast — District 10

Dryland Category

  1. Robert Henry, Brown County; Yield: 245.67 bushels per acre; Hybrid: Pioneer P1563M
  2. Traci Noll, Doniphan County; Yield: 241.8 bushels per acre; Hybrid: DeKalb 66-75
  3. Doug Armstrong, Atchison County; Yield: 236.9783 bushels per acre; Hybrid: AgriGold A6499

Irrigated Category

  1. James Mueller, Brown County; Yield: 260.8756 bushels per acre

Go online to view the full list of Kansas winners in the National Corn Yield Contest.

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