Despite the many challenges faced in 2020, Kansas corn farmers persevered and pushed to compete in the 56th annual National Corn Yield Contest, conducted by the National Corn Growers Association. The 27 national winners in nine production categories had verified yields averaging more than 345.9 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175 bushels per acre.
The top 18 Kansas winners posted yields averaging 285 bushels per acre, compared to the projected state average of 132 bushels per acre. Kansas winners topped 300 bushels per acre in four of the six state categories.
The top overall yield comes from the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Nonirrigated category and belongs to Jeff Koelzer of Onaga with 323 bushels per acre. The second-highest is from the Conventional Irrigated category and belongs to Grant Webber from Sublette with 317 bushels per acre.
“This contest brings farmers together to create, innovate and explore ways to optimize the nation’s largest and arguably most important crop,” said Debbie Borg, 2020 chair of the National Corn Growers Association's Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team. “At both the state and national levels, contest winners find new ways to excel while using a variety of techniques.
"Ultimately, the invention and improvement by farmers and input providers enable U.S. farmers to continue to meet the future demand for critical food, feed, fuel and fiber.”
For more than half a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers with the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserve, but also the opportunity to learn from their peers.
While not winning any national awards this year, Kansas corn producers turned in impressive yields. State winners of the national contest are listed below. The winners of the Kansas Corn Yield Contest will be released in January.
Kansas winners in 2020 National Corn Yield Contest
- Jason Taylor, White Cloud; 293 bushels per acre; Taylor Seed Farms 8824
- Brad Taylor, White Cloud; 290 bushels per acre; Taylor Seed Farms 8013
- Alex Dunn, Doniphan County; 273 bushels per acre; Dekalb DKC70-27RIB
- Dean and Victor Menold, Hiawatha; 301 bushels per acre; Beck’s Hybrids 6414VT2P
- Glenn Heinen, Seneca; 274 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1464AML
- Roger Rush, Highland; 267 bushels per acre; Dekalb DKC66-18RIB
Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Nonirrigated
- Jeff Koelzer, Onaga; 323 bushels per acre; Dekalb DKC63-57RIB
- Richard Nietfeld, Marysville; 282 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1563AM
- Gary Kramer, Seneca; 262 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1563AM
- Harold Koster, Hoxie; 275 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1366AML
- Terry and Dayton Menold, Hiawatha; 273 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1572AM
- Grant Kerschen, Turon; 231 bushels per acre; Pioneer P2089AML
Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated
- Ryan Jagels, Garden City; 312 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1108Q
- Thad Arganbright, Waterville; 282 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1828AM
- David Walker, Johnson; 282 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1828Q
- Grant E. Webber, Sublette; 317 bushels per acre; Pioneer P1828AM
- Chris Bodenhausen, Muscotah; 302 bushels per acre; Dekalb DKC66-18RIB
- Kristin Fuhrman, Lancaster; 285 bushels per acre; AgriGold A6544 VT2RIB