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Regional growers fare well in corn contest

Heath Cutrell of Chesapeake, Va., had the highest yield with 394.04 bushels per acre.

Chris Torres

December 27, 2022

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BIN BUSTERS: This year’s NCGA contest winners weren’t all-time record-breakers, but there were still some impressive yields.Richard Hamilton Smith/Getty Images

This year’s slate of National Corn Yield Contest winners didn’t set the world on fire with 600-plus-bushel yields. David Hula of Charles City, Va., achieved 602 bushels per acre in last year’s contest. But there were still some impressive yields, including the second-highest yield in the country coming from Maryland.

This year’s winner, Heath Cutrell of Chesapeake, Va., had the highest yield with 394.04 bushels per acre growing Dekalb DKC66-18RIB. Drew Haines had the second-highest yield in the country with 384.8 bushels per acre, winning first place in the No-Till, Non-Irrigated category. Haines grew Dekalb DKC68-69 RIB. 

Andrea and John Rigdon, who run an extensive farm operation based in Jarrettsville, Md., won first and second place in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated category with 324.9 bushels per acre and 324.73 bushels per acre, respectively.

The first- and second-place spots in the Conventional Non-Irrigated (Corn Belt) category went to Cory Atley of Cedarville, Ohio, and Carl Atley of Xenia, Ohio, with 366.3 bushels and 365.56 bushels per acre, respectively.

Here’s the complete list of national winners from the American Agriculturist region, as well as statewide first-place winners per category:

National

Conventional Non-Irrigated

3. Sam Santini, Stewartsville, N.J., Dekalb DKC67-94RIB, 312.55 bushels

Conventional Non-Irrigated (Corn Belt)

1. Cory Atley, Cedarville, Ohio, Dekalb DKC63- 91RIB, 366.3 bushels.

2. Carl Atley, Xenia, Ohio, Dekalb DKC63-91, 365.56 bushels.

No-Till Non-Irrigated

1. Drew Haines, Middletown, Md., Dekalb DKC68-69RIB, 384.8 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

1. Andrea Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Md., Dekalb DKC63-91, 324.9 bushels

2. John Alexander Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Md., Dekalb DKC59-82RIB, 324.73 bushels

3. Chris Miltenberger, Keyser, W.Va., Dekalb DKC70-27RIB, 323.9 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

2. Chad Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Md., Dekalb DKC62-70, 324 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

3. Temple Rhodes, Centreville, Md., Dekalb DKC63- 91RIB, 344.93 bushels

Connecticut

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Michael Logue, Woodbury, Channel 210-46STXRIB, 290.96 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Louis Herman Lipton, Somers, Channel 207-27, 270.75 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Jacob Lipton, Somers, Channel 192-10STXRIB, 264.04 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Keith Christadore, Hampton, Channel 203-01STXRIB, 274.6 bushels

Delaware

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Robert L. Emerson III, Middletown, Dekalb DKC65-95RIB, 267.3 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Gary C. Ockels, Milton, Dekalb DKC61-41RIB, 306.38 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Mark Collins, Laurel, Dekalb DKC63-91RIB, 302.11 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Dale J. Ockels, Milton, Dekalb DKC62-53RIB, 315.17 bushels

Massachusetts

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Matt Parsons, Hadley, Pioneer P0035Q, 261.96 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Matthew Llewelyn, Greenfield, Channel 199-11STXRIB, 252.98 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Wanda Llewelyn, Northfield, Channel 199-11STXRIB, 297.23 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Sarah Henry, Southampton, Channel 205-70STXRIB, 263.92 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

William Edward Llewelyn, Northfield, Channel 199-29STXRIB, 299.25 bushels

Maryland

Conventional Non-Irrigated

John Alexander Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Dekalb DKC65-95, 323.76 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Drew Haines, Middletown, Dekalb DKC68-69RIB, 384.8 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Andrea Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Dekalb DKC63-91, 324.9 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Chad Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Dekalb DKC62-70, 324 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Temple Rhodes, Centreville, Dekalb DKC63-91RIB, 344.9 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

William Rigdon, Jarrettsville, Dekalb DKC59-82RIB, 322.35 bushels

Maine

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Tyler G. Bartlett, New Gloucester, Channel 189-64STXRIB, 239.32 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

James Hilton, Norridgewock, Channel 185-30STXRIB, 211.72 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Matthew John Blodget, New Gloucester, Channel 189-64VT2PRIB, 214.43 bushels

Michigan

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Randy Eschenburg, Almont, Dekalb DKC52-35RIB, 283.47 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Jay Ferguson, Yale, Pioneer P0035AM, 277.1 bushels 

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Eric Jager, Shelbyville, AgriGold A636-16, 290.09 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Brian McKeown, Middleville, Dyna-Gro D45TC55RIB, 275.519 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Nick Suwyn, Wayland, AgriGold A639-70 STXRIB, 303.99 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Jake Drozd, Allegan, Pioneer P0953AM, 296.60 bushels

New Hampshire

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Frederick Llewelyn, Northfield, Channel 199-29STXRIB, 306.83 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

William Llewelyn, Northfield, Channel 199-60STXRIB, 260.92 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Jack Letourneau, Northfield, Channel 199-29STXRIB, 243.16 bushels

New Jersey

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Sam Santini, Stewartsville, Dekalb DKC67-94RIB, 312.55 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Sharon Santini, Phillipsburg, Pioneer P1136AM, 301.9 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Jeffrey K. Barlieb, Stewartsville, Pioneer P1222AM, 296.66 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Garrett Woolf, Monroe Township, Dyna-Gro D58VC65RIB, 318.46 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Tim Doyle, Clayton, Dekalb DKC70-27RIB, 306.02 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Robert A. Santini Jr., Phillipsburg, Pioneer P1136AM, 203.59 bushels

New York

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Matthew Swede, Piffard, Dekalb DKC58-64RIB, 284.03 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Lance J. Rovers, Chazy, Pioneer P0035Q, 265.3 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Ryan Swede, Pavilion, Dekalb DKC63-91RIB, 282.17 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Thomas W. Jeffres, Wyoming, Pioneer P0035AM, 257.93 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Paul Campbell, Nichols, Dekalb DKC51-25RIB, 246.38 bushels

Ohio

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Cory Atley, Cedarville, Dekalb DKC63-91RIB, 366.32 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Jim Dauch, Bellevue, Pioneer P1197AM, 300.92 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Don Jackson, Camden, Dekalb DKC63-91RIB, 315.6 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Justin Haerr, Springfield, Pioneer P1222AM, 296.54 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Scott Haerr, Springfield, Pioneer P0953AM, 294.3 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Justin Haerr, Springfield, Pioneer P0924Q, 302.94 bushels

Pennsylvania

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Jess A. Powell, Greenville, Pioneer P0487Q, 270.97 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Conrad King, Atglen, Pioneer P1136AM, 305.43 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Rhoda Mast, Morgantown, Pioneer P1077AM, 295.53 bushels

No-Till Irrigated

Dawson Mast, Morgantown, Pioneer P1077AM, 281.72 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Tracy J. Scipioni, Newmanstown, Pioneer P1506AM, 289.7 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Doug Scipioni, Newmanstown, Pioneer P1222AM, 286.45 bushels

Vermont

Conventional Non-Irrigated

Rene Bourdeau, Swanton, Pioneer P0035Q, 282.03 bushels

No-Till Non-Irrigated

Jason Bourdeau, Sheldon, Pioneer P0306Q, 211 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated

Jacob Bourdeau, Sheldon, Pioneer P0035Q, 232.48 bushels

Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated

Caroline Pinto, West Rutland, Dekalb DKC44-97RIB, 168.18 bushels

Conventional Irrigated

Brian Llewelyn, Greenfield, Channel 197-68STX

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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