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Virginia farmer smashes own corn yield record in NCGA contest


This year, corn growers hit new highs in the National Corn Growers Association 2019 National Corn Yield Contest with David Hula of Charles City, Virginia, setting the highest yield on record at 616.1953 bushels per acre.

Despite adverse growing conditions that impacted most farmers, improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques, and innovative growing practices, allowed corn growers to achieve many impressive yields across all categories again this year. Hula, who grows both corn and soybean, beat the world corn yield record of 542 bushels per acre with 616 bushels per acre. Hula is no stranger to this type of yield success, as he set the previous record in 2017.

The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 55th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members.

The 27 winners in nine production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 167 bushels per acre in 2019. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second, and third place farmers’ overall production categories topped out at 616.1953 bushels per acre.

For more than half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved but the opportunity to learn from their peers.

Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical, and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

Please visit the National Corn Growers Association NCYC for the complete list of 2019 National and State winners, including the list of all 2019 NCYC Entrants.

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