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Virginia farmer sets new record for corn yield


December 15, 2023 - The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently announced the winners of the 2023 National Corn Yield Contest. Officials with the organization say corn growers put up some impressive yields this year and proved, once again, the ingenuity and resiliency of the U.S. farmer.

“Year after year, the National Corn Yield Contest remains the most popular program for NCGA members,” said Harold Wolle, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “It is an opportunity for farmers across the country to put their skills to the test and show the true craftmanship it takes to grow a successful corn crop, and the agronomic data generated by the contest each year helps provide valuable information for future success.”


In its 59th year, the National Corn Yield Contest saw nearly 7,000 entries from farmers in 46 states. Entrants across the 10 production categories, including the pilot category for nitrogen management, Class J, had verified yields averaging 269 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173 bushels per acre. This includes a new national record yield of 623.8439 bushels per acre from David Hula in Charles City, VA, besting the previous record of 616.1953 bushels per acre.


A complete list of the 2023 National and State winners can be found at ncga.com/ncyc.  


Other impressive yields in the Eastern United States include (in no particular order):


Pennslyvania

  • Daryl Alger Lenanon, PA 324 bpa

  • Zach Alger Annville, PA 318 bpa

  • David Lantz Coatesville, PA 314 bpa


Tennessee

  • Joshua Will Watson Sweetwater, TN 344 bpa

  • Whitney Watson Sweetwater, TN 322 bpa

  • Jabe Watson Sweetwater, TN 319 bpa


Maryland

  • Temple Rhodes Centreville, MD 375 bpa

  • Julia Rigdon Jarrettsville, NC 324 bpa

  • Andrea Rigdon Jarrettsville, NC 321 bpa


West Virginia

  • Grant Smith Keyser, WV 336 bpa

  • James C. Justice New Zion, WV 324 bpa

  • Justice Family Farms Daniels, WV 321 bpa


North Carolina

  • Isaac Boerema Pantego, NC 305 bpa

  • Wesley J. Johnson Dobson, NC 301 bpa

  • Delbert Amstrong, Jr. Belhaven, NC 292 bpa


Ohio

  • Corey Farrens South Solon, OH 340 bpa

  • Don Jackson Camden, OH 324 bpa

  • Jim Dauch Bellevue, OH 324 bpa


Delaware

  • Kenneth Stevenson III Milton, DE 322 bpa

  • Mark Collins Laurel, DE 319 bpa

  • Michael Wicks Middletown, DE 312 bpa


Virginia

  • David Hula Charles City, VA 623 bpa

  • Craig M. Hula Charles City, VA 590 bpa

  • Heath Cutrell Chesapeake, VA 396 bpa


Georgia

  • Alex Harrell Leesburg, GA 401 bpa

  • Jonathon Hitchcock Tennille, GA 352 bpa

  • Rodney Harrell Leesburg, GA 350 bpa


New York State

  • Matthew Swede Piffard, NY 278 bpa

  • Thomas Jeffres Wyoming, NY 277 bpa

  • Dale McCollum Gasport, NY 276 bpa


Kentucky

  • Kelly Padgett Vine Grove, KY 337 bpa

  • Scott Zoglmann Owensboro, KY 322 bpa

  • Joe Goetz Owensboro, KY 312 bpa


Michigan

  • Jake Drozd Allegan, MI 347 bpa

  • T. Jon Drozd Allegan, MI 324 bpa

  • Nick Suwyn Wayland, MI 320 bpa


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