Written by No-Till Farmer staff
The results of the National Corn Growers Association's 2014 national corn yield contest are in, and no-tillers and strip-tillers proved that conservation practices can compete just as well as conventionally tilled fields.
Charles City, Va., grower David Hula achieved another first place win, this year in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category with 476.2 bushels. His yield win was the second highest of the six yield contest categories. Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Ga., had the highest yield of 503.7 bushels, which he won in the Irrigated category.
Following Hula was Dowdy Farms II and Dowdy Farms VIII, both of Valdosta, with 457.9 and 444.1 bushels, respectively.
In the A-level corn-growing states of the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated category, Wiles Brothers of Plattsmouth, Neb., had the highest yield of 357.5 bushels. Jay Justice of Beckley, W.V., came in second with 345.4 bushels and Dowdy Farms followed in third place with a yield of 343.1 bushels.
For the AA-level of the same category, all three winners hailed from Missouri. Cox Farms in Delta took first place with 349.1 bushels, followed by Nick Lanpher of Cape Girardeau with 314.1 bushels and J&M Farms of Scott City with 312.6.
For the full list of national and state winners, the results are posted on the NCGA website.