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Southern Nebraska farmers earn first-place nationally in their respective categories.

January 4, 2012

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Two Hebron farmers earned first-place in the 2011 National Sorghum Producers 2011 Yield and Management Contest.

They are Duane L. Vorderstrasse tops in the Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 176.25 bushels per acre; and Michael Fisher who won the Non-Irrigated National Food-Grade category with a yield of 114.59 bushels per acre.

There were entries from 20 states, spanning from New Mexico to New Jersey. Producer yields are highlighted in nine different categories with this year's top yield at 192.73 bushels per acre.

The national winners will be further recognized at Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn., on March 2, 2012, at an awards dinner sponsored by Pioneer.


Other category winners are:  are Jeff Scates of Illinois who won the Reduced-Till Irrigated category with a yield of 192.73 bushels per acre; Levin Farms Inc. in Kansas in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 185.91 bushels per acre; Jason Gamble of South Carolina in the Conventional-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 150.99 bushels per acre; and John A. Scates of Illinois in the Conventional-Till Irrigated category with a yield of 189.31 bushels per acre.

Scates of Illinois won the Irrigated Bin Buster Award category with a yield of 192.73 bushels per acre, and Levin Farms Inc. in Kansas yielded 185.91 bushels to win the Non-Irrigated Bin Buster Award.

"The yield contest provides an invaluable opportunity for NSP to connect with producers around the country," says Terry Swanson, NSP chairman. 

To see a complete list of the NSP Yield and Management Contest results or to learn more about the contest, visit  

The terms of inaugural Sorghum Checkoff board members Billy Bob Brown of Panhandle, Texas, Louise Rigdon of Blackwell, Okla., James Vorderstrasse or Hebron, Neb., and Gary Kilgore of Chanute, Kan., came to a close after the organization's board meeting in December in Lubbock, Texas.

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