David Hula did it again in 2017. The Virginia farmer set a new world corn yield record with 542 bushels per acre using Pioneer P1197AM brand corn, breaking his 2015 record of 532 bushels per acre. Hula previously set record-breaking yields in 2013 with Pioneer hybrid P2088YHR, as well.
In total, the NCGA awarded 9 national and 191 state awards to growers using Pioneer brand products who entered the annual yield contest.
“David Hula’s record-setting yield continues a phenomenal stretch of performance from the P1197 corn product family since it was introduced in 2014,” said Judd O’Connor, DuPont Pioneer North America Region leader. “When you couple our industry-leading products with the unmatched support of the DuPont Pioneer team, there isn’t a limit to what growers can accomplish. This new NCGA world record with a Pioneer product shows that.”
The P1197 family of corn products again led the charge for Pioneer, garnering 2 national and 62 state awards in addition to setting the new world record.
Additionally, growers in the yield contest achieved great success with the P2089 family and P1870 family of products, taking home 24 and 11 state awards, respectively.
Pioneer brand products showed their depth in this year’s contest, with more 300 bushels-per-acre entrants than any other brand. Pioneer growers took home more than 46 percent of the state awards, confirming that Pioneer brand products can shine throughout the nation.
“We are proud of the way our products perform for growers,” O’Connor said. “Regardless of your management practices, Pioneer products have proven they have a solid agronomic foundation that can compete in a variety of conditions.”
The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual U.S. competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today’s corn hybrids. It also encourages the development of sustainable, new and innovative management practices that result in higher yields. Growers compete in six corn production classes: two for non-irrigated, two for no-till/strip till non-irrigated, one for no-till/strip till irrigated and one for irrigated acres.