Greg Brouillette of Oxford, Ind., certainly wasn't complaining when he shelled off a plot and recorded 263;.5 bushels per acre last fall. The Benton County farmer entered the plot in a contest sponsored by Dairyland Seeds. The company is based in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Brouillette's winning entry for Indiana came with a hybrid called Stealth 9410. Second place in Indiana in the corn yield division of the Dairyland contest went to Scott Nelson of Brook, also in northwest Indiana, using Stealth 9810 and weighing in at 261.24 bushels per acre. A farmer from Ossian in northeast Indiana, Mike Heckber, captured third with 241 bushels per acre, also using Stealth 94109, the same hybrid used by the state winner.
The national winner in this special contest for corn production was Loras McQuiellen of Holy Cross, Iowa. HE recorded a yield of 290.68 bushels per acre using Stealth 9006.
Dairyland Seeds also sponsored a yield contest for customers who planted Dairyland soybeans. First place nationally went to Doug, Joni and Derek Brander, Spring Green, Wisconsin, with a whopping 88.56 bushels per acre. They used the variety known as DSR-2118.
In Indiana, first place in the soybean division was captured by Brad Burton of Sheridan. He measured a top yield of 81.9 bushels per acre, using DSR-3130/RR. Mike Heckber of Ossian took second with 66.61 bushels per acre using DSR-2770/RR and Dave Heckber, also of Ossian, was third. He used DSR-3675/RR and recorded a yield of 63.44 bushels per acre.
You can learn more about the contest and the company by visiting: www.dairylandseed.com, or by calling 1-800-236-0163. One of the company's primary research locations is near Otterbein, Ind., in northwest Indiana, abut 15 miles northwest of Lafayette.