It's time to announce the winners in the yield guessing contest sponsored by Seed Consultants, Inc. Three Hoosiers guessed closer to the final dry yield of the Corp Watch 2015 contest than any other Indiana readers or viewers who entered.
Crop Watch 2015: Finally! Yield results for the 2015 Crop Watch field
The final yield was 194.1 bushels per acre. The field was comprised of two hybrids, and both yielded within 2.2 bushels of each other. That's close enough to say they were essentially even. There are equal odds that the hybrid would be flipped if they were planted in side-by-side pairs again, agronomists say.
Some people used the twice-weekly Web reports and an article every issue to get very close when they estimated what the field would yield. In the end, the final yield was very close to the estimated yield based on checking ears in August. Those checks had put yield in the 185 to 200 bushel per acre range. The actual yield split the difference down the middle.
One reader has suggested providing soil type information, and even information on soil test results, to help gauge how productive the field could be. We will take those suggestions under advisement in the future.
Was it a good year? The farmers who farmed the field say it was a better year than they anticipated at one point. In contrast, however, the Crop Watch field which they harvested in 2014 yielded 249 bushels per acre.
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Now here are the winners.
The closest guess in Indiana came from Rick Redelman, Greensburg. His guess was 196.3 bushels per acre, which was just a tick over two bushels higher than the actual yield. He receives free seed corn from Seed Consultants for 2015.
Second place and another winner of free seed for 2016 was Jackie Angle. Her family farms near Rushville. Her guess was 188 bushels per acre.
Third place went to Forrest Keefer, Wawaka. He went to the high side, guessing 201.7 bushels per acre.