The National Corn Growers Association on Monday announced open registration for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. Until June 16, entry fees will be reduced to $75.
The online entry form for the NCGA National Corn Yield Contest is now available. NCGA says it will also release a version of the online form suitable for use on mobile devices in the near future.
Entry will remain open at the full rate of $110 through August 1. All harvest forms will be due by November 21. Contest winners will be announced on December 19.
In addition to moving to a solely online entry platform, National Corn Yield Contest rules have been revised to further ensure contest integrity while also accommodating for technological advances to make participation easier, NCGA says.
NCGA will allow the use of lasers to measure row lengths beginning this year. Notably, a laser may only be used to measure if the rows of the harvest plot are straight and the field is flat. The laser must be able to hit point to point. If the field has any type of curve or slope, a laser may not be used to measure it for contest purposes. It is recommended supervisors verify the calibration accuracy of any lasers used.
In addition to the aforementioned change, changes have been made to the rules dictating supervisor presence and duties as well.
For entries with yields of 289.9999 bushels per acre or fewer, one or two NCGA approved supervisors will complete the initial harvest check. No recheck will be required. For yields of 290 bushels per acre or higher, one or two NCGA approved supervisors will complete the initial harvest check, but a recheck is required. This recheck must be conducted by two NCGA approved supervisors.
While one supervisor from the initial check may be used for the recheck, one new NCGA approved supervisor must also conduct the recheck. The use of two NCGA approved supervisors not involved in the initial check for the recheck is also permissible.
National Corn Yield Contest entries with yields of 350 bushels per acre or higher must notify the NCGA office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (636) 733-9004 before and after the recheck.
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Finally, contest rules now require the supervisor(s) involved in all yield checks, whether initial or a recheck, must initial all weigh tickets submitted as part of the harvest forms for contest entries.
2014 Corn Yield Contest winners receive national recognition and cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. During the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., winners will be honored during the NCGA Awards Banquet and the NCYC State Winners Breakfast.
Visit the NCGA website for access to National Corn Yield Contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules.
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