Entry is now open for the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest.
The premier event of every corn growing season since 1965, the National Corn Yield Contest offers challenges and rewards to each entrant. In 2020, 7,844 growers accepted the challenge, enjoyed the friendly competition with fellow farmers and helped provide information that will lead to future innovations.
This year, to add transparency and visual confirmation to high-yield entries, the contest requires a photo inclusion to be submitted online with the recheck yield results. Check out the 2021 Entry & Harvest Rule Book, along with information on changes this year and other resources.
“Most of us know personally how true the adage about farmers having to be optimists can be. Entering the NCYC provides connection and competition while adding to the stockpile of knowledge for a rainy planting season- or any other obstacle we face,” said NCGA President John Linder. “So, I am throwing down the gauntlet. Good luck to every entrant and, in advance, thank you.”
Early entry runs through June 30, with a fee of $75 per online entry plus a one-time affiliated state/NCGA membership, if applicable. Final entry is July 1 through Aug. 18, with an entry fee of $110 per online entry plus a one-time affiliated state/NCGA membership fee, if applicable. Harvest entry dates are Aug. 19 to Nov. 30.
Winners will receive national recognition. State winners will be honored at Commodity Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the NCYC Breakfast and national winners receive awards at the evening Awards Banquet. Trophies awarded for first-, second-and third-place entries in all classes and all states. Contest winners will be announced on December 15.
Don Stall, Charlotte, Michigan, produced the highest-yielding corn in the 2020 contest, with a yield of 476.9052 bushels per acre. The 27 national winners in nine production categories had verified yields averaging more than 345.9948 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175 bushels per acre nationwide.
To enter, visit ncga.com/ncyc.