Farmers from 28 states battled it out to see who would be crowned champion of sorghum yields. Competing farmers entered in at least one of the 10 categories including criteria such as tillage, irrigation and food grade. The highest yield this year topped 208.4 bushels per acre, beating the USDA national average of 76.5 bushels per acre by a landslide.
This year’s winners include:
- Jim Boehlke – Bell-Key Farms of Idaho in the Irrigated Conventional-Till category with a yield of 208.40 bushels per acre
- Robert Santini, Jr. of New Jersey in the Dryland No-Till category with a yield of 178.04 bushels per acre
- Winter Johnston of Pennsylvania in the Dryland Conventional-Till category with a yield of 184.80 bushels per acre
- Rob Robinson of Nebraska who won the Irrigated Reduced-Till category with a yield of 197.68 bushels per acre
- Sam Santini, Jr. of New Jersey in the Dryland Double Crop category with a yield of 198.36 bushels per acre
- Travis Walker of Missouri in the Dryland Reduced-Till category with a yield of 184.59 bushels per acre
- Jeffrey Barlieb of New Jersey in the Irrigated Double Crop category with a yield of 176.33 bushels per acre
- Robert & John Reznik of Texas in the Irrigated No-Till category with a yield of 188.90
- Triple Creek Farm of North Carolina in the Non-Irrigated Food-Grade category with a yield of 122.89
- Ron Robinson of Nebraska in the Irrigated Food-Grade category with a yield of 197.68.
"The future looks really bright for the sorghum industry because of the way we've seen our national average yield increase and as we get closer to the 250 bushel per acre goal in this contest," Bloss said. "It is exciting to see producers work toward bettering their yields, which pushes sorghum to be an even more competitive crop."
Winners will be recognized at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas during an awards dinner.