Tom Logue, Liberty, harvested 323.2 bushel per acre based on three checks in a 30-acre field last fall. He was participating in the Beck's Hybrids 300- bushel challenge and achieved and surpassed the goal.
Logue does a lot of things right, but he's humble when it comes to taking credit for the yield.
"We give God the glory," Logue says. "I had the lowest corn yield I've ever had in 2012 and had the highest yield I've ever had in 2013 using basically the same methods. My challenge field in 2012 ran 129 bushels per acre.
"God reminded me what he can do. The high yield this year was largely due to favorable weather conditions at the right time. Cool nights helped a lot. It was the high temperatures and hot nights in 2012 that really did us in. This year night temperatures were much lower overall."
Logue treats the challenge field the same way as the rest of his fields except that he applies a third application of nitrogen when things look good.
He drops 36,500 seeds per acre. This year he achieved 36,000 plants per acre. The corn germinated and was all up within 48 hours.
"That's a real key," Logue says. "If you're planting that thick and a plant comes up several days later it's just a weed."
To help obtain good stands he makes sure his planter is in good working order. He plants with a John Deere 1770 vacuum planter which has been retrofitted with several key components from Precision Planting.
He applied 18 gallons of 28%N as liquid starter 2 x 2 at planting. Then he sidedressed 45-50 gallons when the corn was 6-8 inches tall. On the challenge field he came back with another 20 gallons just before the corn was too big to get an applicator through it.
"We are in conventional tillage for corn, and like to plant starting in mid-April. We plant two inches deep which is deeper than many plant around here."
As Logue puts it, God gave him a good year in 2013.