Corn Contest's Colossal Crop: 532 Bu. Per Acre

December 18, 2015 01:02 PM

Records are made to be broken, and the record for high-yielding corn has been broken once again, according to the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest results.

A record five national entries eclipsed 400 bu. per acre, and the all-time high yield is now 532 bu. per acre from David Hula, a Virginia farmer. That bests Georgia grower Randy Dowdy’s monster haul of nearly 504 bu. per acre last year – the first time any entrant had surpassed the 500-bushel milestone.

Brent Hostetler, who chairs the NCGA’s production and stewardship action team, says the contest isn’t just about friendly competition but also shapes best practices over time.

“The techniques contest winners first develop grow into broad advances that help farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations,” he says. “Our contest emphasizes how innovation, from growers and technology providers alike, enables us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”

The 18 total winners averaged 386.4 bu. per acre, more than doubling the national average of 169.3 bu. per acre.

Winners will travel to New Orleans in March 2016 for Commodity Classic and will be honored during the NCGA awards banquet.

The contest has been ongoing for more than 50 years. Visit for the full list of this year’s national and state winners.

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Spell Check

Atwood, KS
12/18/2015 09:48 PM

  Who writes these articles? What a pointless waste of my time reading this. I read the headline which said basically everything the article said with fewer words. I clicked on this because when I read the headline I thought to myself "wow, how did he do that? I want details". I wanna know variety, fertility program, how many acres harvested. Are these numbers realistic over the entire farm? Or was this just 5 acres under perfect circumstances? How profitable was it? These questions need answered in order for the article to be worth clicking on. Do better! C'mon!

farmer tom
ia, IA
12/18/2015 10:46 PM

  one guy in the 60's had 400+ bushel

Dale Goers
Shelbyville, MO
12/19/2015 09:15 AM

  I went to a meeting in Macon MO. several years ago given by David Hula. He puts all the fertilizer on top of the soil. No tillage at all. He stated "he wants to get rained out when halfway through planting his 2200 acres to replace his no-til planter coulters ." His ground is so hard he wears them out in 1100 acres?? No wonder the Chesapeake Bay is full of Nitrogen and Phosphate fertilizer.


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