Despite a cool growing season and a late, wet fall harvest, several Wisconsin corn growers reported strong yields in the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest.
The WCGA state yield contest provides cash prizes to growers of first, second and third highest reported yields in three active county corn grower organizations and to growers in a statewide category.
Tom Manke, Arlington, registered 284 bushels per acre, tops in the Columbia County corn grower competition. Jeff Miller, Pickett, won the Dodge/Fond du Lac County corn grower contest with 281 bushels per acre. Cal Dalton, Endeavor, had the highest reported yield of 235 bushels per acre in the Juneau/Adams/Marquette grower group. In the statewide contest, Arndt Farms, Janesville, took first place with 279 bushels per acre. First place winners receive $500 cash awards.
Second place went to Thomas Jones, Fall River, with 256 bushels per acre in the Columbia County group; Melvin Gunnink, Brandon, with 235 bushels per acre in the Dodge/Fond du Lac County group; and Jayne Dalton, Endeavor, with 228 bushels per acre in the Juneau/Adams/Marquette corn grower group. Jeff Laskowski, Plover, placed second with 255 bushels per acre in the statewide contest. Second place winners receive $250 cash awards.
Third place went to Charles Hammer, Beaver Dam, with 225 bushels per acre in the Dodge/Fond du Lac County group; Joe Berger, Cambria, with 249 bushels per acre in the Columbia County group; Joanne Dalton, Endeavor, with 215 bushels per acre in the Juneau/Adams/Marquette corn grower group; and Scott Grove, Columbus, with 241 bushels per acre, in the statewide contest. Third place winners receive $100 cash awards.