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2021 Corn Yield Contest winners announced

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The highest 2021 corn yield of 602.1684 bushels per acre was achieved by David Hula of Charles City, Va.

The National Corn Growers Association released the winners of the 57th National Corn Yield Contest. The great yields achieved in the contest reflect farmers' resilience and deep dedication to continuous improvement.

“This contest offers farmers a chance to come together both for good-natured competition and to help innovate the future of our industry,” said Lowell Neitzel, chair of NCGA’s Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team. “These contestants grow to be leaders in many other ways as well. For many, the contest may be their first interaction with NCGA. As they learn more, the true value of the work that we do to build a better tomorrow inspires greater achievement.”

National Corn Yield Contest winners

The Corn Yield Contest includes 9 production categories based on growing practices, and the national contest ranks the top three growers in each category. The 27 national winners had verified yields averaging more than 376 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 177 bushels per acre nationwide.

The highest yield of the contest across all production categories was achieved by David Hula, topping 600 bushels per acre.

2021 Corn Yield Contest National Winners
Rank Name Location Seed Brand Yield
Conventional Non-Irrigated      
1 Heath Cutrell Chesapeake, VA DEKALB 391.3092
2 Douglas Stall Charlotte, MI Pioneer 363.5288
3 Joshua Will Watson Sweetwater, TN DEKALB 343.4807
Conventional Non-Irrigated: Corn Belt States    
1 Troy Uphoff Findlay, IL DEKALB 354.985
2 Rhylan Kalb Dubois, IN DEKALB 351.052
3 Jared Ripp Dane, WI DEKALB 322.5088
No-Till Non-Irrigated      
1 Leonard Truszkowski Stewartsville, NJ Dyna-Gro 353.361
2 Sharon Santini Phillipsburg, NJ DEKALB 352.3746
3 William Rigdon Jarrettsville, MD DEKALB 324.2236
No-Till Non-Irrigated: Corn Belt States     
1 Shawn Kalb Dubois, IN DEKALB 391.4773
2 Emmersen Kalb Dubois, IN DEKALB 352.3063
3 Jonathan Borges Marshall, MO AgriGold 339.569
Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated    
1 Harrison Rigdon Jarrettsville, MD DEKALB 366.827
2 Scott Truszkowski Stewartsville, NJ Dyna-Gro 341.8442
3 Darrell Hagan Whitesville, KY Stewart Seeds 324.9635
Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated: Corn Belt States  
1 Kevin Kalb Dubois, IN DEKALB 403.7599
2 Nikia Kalb Dubois, IN DEKALB 365.4261
3 Scott Berget Gratiot, WI DEKALB 322.0204
No-Till Irrigated      
1 David Hula Charles City, VA Pioneer 602.1684
2 Craig Hula Charles City, VA Pioneer 583.0674
3 Connor Garrett Arion, IA Pioneer 387.9393
Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated    
1 Ben Kron Evansville, IN LG Seeds 390.7846
2 Ton Rusler Avondale, CO DEKALB 348.4575
3 Creighton Peterson Smithfield, NE Channel 347.9264
Conventional Irrigated      
1 Don Stall Charlotte, MI Pioneer 465.7725
2 Trevor Gardner Honeyville, UT DEKALB 343.1362
3 Ashton Peterson Bertrand, NE Pioneer 338.2306
*Corn belt states include:  IL, IN, IA, MN, MO, OH, WI  

Winners receive national recognition in publications as well as trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. For more information, including 2021 state winners and a list of all entrants, visit NCGA's National Corn Yield Contest website

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