Wisconsin Corn Grower Jeff Mezera of Bagley, once again finds his name atop the leader board of the National Corn Grower Association National Corn Yield Contest, this year as winner of the AA No-till/Strip Till, non-irrigated corn category.
Registering a top corn yield of 286.6688 bushels per acre with DeKalb hybrid DKC 61-69, Mez-Farm edged out their closest competition by more than 5 bushels for the win. Mezera’s farm also took third place in the category with a 281.0622 bushel yield growing Pioneer 34R67 in a contest that received a record number of entries. Mezera, who was featured in a cover story in the December 2006 Wisconsin Agriculturist Magazine, is a repeat winner of the annual yield contest and in 2005 recorded the contest’s top yield of 323.06 bushels per acre, besting veteran yield champion Francis Childs, of Manchester, Iowa.
While NCGA doesn’t recognize an overall winner in their annual national contest, yields of farmers who placed first, second and third in their production categories ranged from 252.6366 by Gary Porter of Mercer, Iowa, to 385.5861 by David K. Hula of Charles City, Va., in an irrigated, no-till/strip till category. Not only was the number of entries higher than ever before, but several entrants scored yields of more than double the estimated corn-yield average and no-till/strip till categories yielded as well, if not better those under conventional tillage.
The 27 winners in nine production categories had verified yields averaging more than 298 bushels per acre, compared to the estimated national average of 153 bushels per acre. In addition, ten contest winners, and 24 entrants overall, posted yields of more than 300 bushels per acre.
Mezera will be recognized at the annual Corn/Soy EXPO Wisconsin Dells Jan. 25, as well as at the 2008 Commodity Classic, Feb. 28 to March 1 in Nashville, Tenn.