As many sorghum producers prepare for the upcoming growing season, many are also looking forward to harvest. The 2021 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest provides sorghum farmers with the opportunity to showcase their sorghum crop, competing with farmers across the Sorghum Belt. This contest allows the industry to recognize some of the best growers in the U.S. and helps farmers to grow and learn from one another.
The National Sorghum Producers will begin accepting entries for the 2021 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. Yield contestants are split into east and west regions for each division. Contest divisions include irrigated, dryland no-till, dryland tillage and one winner for food grade.
“After an exceptional year in 2020, we are looking forward to another year of strong entries and high yields,” NSP CEO Tim Lust said. “The yield contest is an opportunity for our producers to push yield boundaries and inspire innovation in the future through knowledge transfer between growers as we recognize some of the best in our industry.”
The contest has four different objectives to achieve, including:
- Improve yields — Improve sorghum yields across the nation
- Knowledge transfer — Enable knowledge transfer between growers who support enhanced management
- Identify producers — Identify top sorghum producers in each state
- Recognize growers — Recognize growers for outstanding yield achievements
In order to enter, contestants must be a paid NSP member at the time of entry. More than one member of a family may enroll, but each member must have a separate membership. Entries must be submitted via email 10 days prior to harvest of the contest acreage. A full list of entrant qualifications and contest rules can be found here on page 2.
All forms must be completed and emailed or mailed to the NSP office no later than Dec. 1, 2021. Entries will then be reviewed and placed off of yield only. National and state winners will be honored at the 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans March 10-12, 2022.