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February 1, 2024
Since the introduction of hybrid corn nearly a century ago, corn productivity improvements have continued through the present day. Over the last 20 years, U.S. corn yield has increased by an average of 1.6 bu/acre per year. These gains have resulted from breeding for increased yield potential, introducing transgenic traits to help protect yield, and agronomic management that has allowed yield potential to be more fully realized. As growers strive for greater corn yields, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest provides a benchmark for yields that are attainable when environmental conditions and agronomic management are optimized. The 2023 Contest saw more entries break 300 bu/A than ever before. If you’ve got questions on maturity hybrid selection, dialing in your row sizes, crop rotation, nutrient management, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered. Learn more on managing corn for greater yield potential by diving into insights from the 2023 NCGA Yield Contest. Click here to read the full 2023 NCGA yield contest insights.
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