Despite the hot dry summer, participants in this year’s Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) state corn grower contest recorded impressive yields in a variety of locations.
Onalaska corn grower Henry Berg’s 289.68 bushel per acre yield was a clear stand-out, while second place winner, Adam Flyte of Coloma, registered an impressive 255.10 bushels per acre.
For the fourth consecutive year, WCGA award certificates and cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for the third highest yield for winners in four distinct state contest divisions. All yields were checked by certified crop consultants and participants were allowed one entry for every WCGA membership they held.
Divisional contests were held in the three recognized regional corn grower groups of Columbia County Corn Growers, JAM (Juneau/Adams/Marquette) Corn Growers and Dodge/Fond du Lac County Corn Growers. All other entrants were placed in a fourth statewide division. Third place winner in the state division was Paul Kirchner of Waupaca harvesting a 234.16 bushels per acre yield.
The top three high-yielding corn growers in the Columbia County Division of the annual WCGA state yield contest are as follows:
Bill Hoffman, Columbus, 245.62 bushels per acre
Paul Kronberg, Rio, 236.02 bushels per acre
Tom Manke, Arlington, 231.81 bushels per acre
All three Columbia County winners planted Dekalb hybrids and the company doubled their cash awards.
JAM Corn Grower yield winners recognize during their in mid-December are:
Rich Lucas, Hancock, 226.60 bushels per acre
Zeb Zuehls, Montello, 217.25 bushels per acre
Jayne Dalton, Endeavor, 215.71 bushels per acre
Yield contest winners in the Dodge/Fond du Lac County Corn Grower group will be recognize during the University of Wisconsin regional corn meeting Jan. 25, at the Brownsville Community Center. They are as follows:
Jeff Riedeman, Rosendale, 229.05 bushels per acre
Charles Hammer, Beaver Dam, 221.66 bushels per acre
Dennis Pinch, Rosendale, 214.30 bushels per acre
Entry in the state corn yield contests was free, but was limited to current members of WCGA. Yields were verified at harvest by either a county agent or a professional agricultural consultant and confirmed by using either a weigh wagon or truck scale.
The WCGA represents the interest of state corn growers in the growing and managing of corn grown both for on-farm feeding and commercial sale. WCGA works with other organizations in areas of mutual concern, including sustainability, biotech issues, resistance management, farmland valuation, conservation, and the environment. WCGA brings together corn growers to provide information and education at regional corn conferences and the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy EXPO. As part of the National Corn Growers Association, WCGA represents corn grower interests nationally and internationally and also sponsors the national corn yield contest.
For more information on Wisconsin Corn Growers Association visit the web site www.wicorn.org or contact Executive Director Bob Oleson by phone at 262-495-2232 or via email at Wicorn@centurytel.com. You also can follow Wisconsin Corn Growers Association on Facebook, YouTube and via twitter at WIcornpro.