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Kansas Corn announces winners of annual yield contest

Using technology and experience, Kansas farmers overcame drought to win contest categories.

December 29, 2022

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YIELD CONTEST: Kansas Corn announced the winners of its annual Kansas Corn Yield Contest. Even with widespread drought across much of the state, Kansas farmers used technology and management skills to raise some competitive yields.fotokostic /Getty images

Despite drought affecting many areas of the state, the 2022 Kansas Corn Yield Contest was highly competitive. Top yield contest entries for the Kansas Corn Yield Contest came from Ryan Jagels of Finney County in the irrigated division, with a yield of 323.7 bushels per acre; and Jeff Koelzer of Pottawatomie County in the dryland division, with a yield of 308.96 bushels per acre.

“Improvements in technology and management have produced not only record Kansas corn yields, but more importantly, allowed for relatively impressive corn yields when farmers are faced with drought conditions and high input prices,” says Josh Roe, Kansas Corn vice president of market development and policy. “The farmers that participated in this year’s yield contest exhibit the very best of the technology and management techniques available."

This is the second year for the combined state-level yield contest and National Corn Yield Contest, bringing greater competition and entries. The state contest awards dryland and irrigated winners in ten districts, along with one statewide dryland and one statewide irrigated winner. The winners will be recognized at the Kansas Corn Symposium on Jan. 26 in Salina. The Kansas Corn Yield Contest is sponsored by Kansas Corn and Kansas State University Research and Extension. 

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.

Here are the 2022 Kansas Corn Yield Contest results:

Overall state yield winners

  • Irrigated. Ryan Jagels, Finney County, 323.7 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1718AML;

  • Dryland. Jeff Koelzer, Pottawatomie County, 308.96 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC65-84RIB.

Northwest District 1

Irrigated. First place, Brett Oelke, Sheridan County, 296.78 bushels acre, Pioneer P1366AML; second place, Taylor Brack, Sherman County, 285.76 bushels acre, Pioneer P1366Q; and third place, Brett Oelke, Sheridan County, 282.51 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1278Q.

West Central District 2

Irrigated. First place, Matthew Long, Wichita County, 239 bushels per acre, Golden Harvest G13N18-3111; and second place, Matthew Long, Wichita County, 223.51 bushels per acre, LG Seeds LG66C44-SSRIB.

Southwest District 3

Irrigated. First place, Ryan Jagels, Finney County, 323.7 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1718AML; second place, Ryan Jagels, Finney County, 322.1 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1847AML; and third place, Grant Webber, Haskell County, 321.78 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC70-27RIB.

North Central District 4

  • Dryland. First place, Ronald Ohlde, Washington County, 245.9 bushels per acre, Ohlde Seed O 22-13; second place, Rod Stewart, Washington County, 228.9 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1089AM; and third place, Ryan Stewart, Washington County, 225.17 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1089AM.

  • Irrigated. First place, Cordell Cyr, Cloud County, 285.2 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1718AML; second place, Todd Cyr, Cloud County, 283.7 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1718AML; and third place, Todd Cyr, Cloud County, 283.5 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC70-27RIB.

Central District 5

Irrigated. First place, Chad Penner, McPherson County, 291.45 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1511AM.

South Central District 6

  • Dryland. First place, Bruce Seiler, Sedgwick County, 176.29 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC65-95RIB; second place, Michael Speer, Sedgwick County, 173.38 bushels per acre, Golden Harvest G13N18-3111; and third place, Aaron Pauly, Sedgwick County, 169.19 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC70-27RIB.

  • Irrigated. First place, Tony Spexarth, Sedgwick County, 285.9 bushels per acre, AgriGold A643-52VT2.

Northeast District 7

  • Dryland. First place, Jeff Koelzer, Pottawatomie County, 308.96 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC65-84RIB; second place, Dean and Victor Menold, Brown County, 283.38 bushels per acre, Beck’s Hybrids 6374V2P; and third place, Douglas Armstrong, Atchison County, 275.96 bushels per acre, AgriGold A645-16VT2RI.

  • Irrigated. First place, Alex Noll, Jefferson County, 295.3 bushels per acre, Dekalb DKC70-27RIB; second place, Chris and Myreon Menold, Nemaha County, 288.36 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1828AM; and third place: Galen Grimm, Brown County, 288.01 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1185AM.

East Central District 8

  • Dryland. First place, Robert Litch, Osage County, 276.1 bushels per acre, Pioneer P1464AML; second place, Brad Spencer, Franklin County, 222.34 bushels per acre, Golden Harvest G17E95-3110; and third place, Joe Heathman, Chase County, 214.38 bushels per acre, Taylor Seed Farms 6012.

  • Irrigated. First place, Brad Spencer, Franklin County, 244.29 bushels per acre, Golden Harvest G15J91-V.

North Northeast District 10

Dryland. First place, Jason Taylor, Doniphan County, 302.31 bushels per acre, Taylor Seed Farms 9913; second place, Jason Taylor, Doniphan County, 295.53 bushels per acre, Taylor Seed Farms 8013; and third place, Joe Elias, Atchison County, 289.77.42 bushels per acre, AgriGold A643-52VT2RI.

Source: Kansas Corn

 

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