The National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest set a new entry record in 2013 with 8,827. This surpasses the previous record of 8,431 entries, set in 2011, and far outstrips the 8,263 entries received in 2012. “The contest continues to grow in popularity undeterred by challenging planting weather like that which many saw this year,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson. “By nature, farmers are optimists who act humbly while taking great personal pride in their work. NCGA is proud to offer the contest to our members and, in doing so, recognize the excellence that abounds in American agriculture today.”
News of the record shortly follows NCGA’s achievement of a major milestone, growing rolls beyond 40,000 members for the first time in July. Now in its 49th year, the program remains one of NCGA’s most popular. Notably, NCYC rules require entrants be current members of the association.
Winners will receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, and potentially receive trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed and crop protection companies. During the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas, state winners will be recognized at the NCYC Breakfast and national winners will receive awards at the NCGA Awards Banquet.
“Now, I call on all of our entrants to take a valuable next step and complete the harvest forms for every entry,” said Johnson. “While I understand that it seems tempting to leave the entry unfinished should a field fail to produce the anticipated yield, the information the contest provides helps NCGA as it strives to find more effective production practices that will help move agriculture forward. The contest provides not only an exciting opportunity for good-natured competition but also an unparalleled source of production data from America’s best and brightest.”
The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrants NCGA membership number.
When using the online harvest form, it is imperative that all entrants complete one final step. Following submission of the online harvest form, entrants must submit a printed copy of the harvest confirmation form with the appropriate weight tickets attached for verification. Failure to do so will void entry. Forms and other required documentation must be sent by mail to NCGA, and postmarked no later than seven days after the final yield check, or by Nov. 22, whichever is earlier. See complete rules for details.
Click here for the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest Online Harvest Form.