2012-12-27 / Lifestyles

Area corn grower receives honor

Despite hard season, county grower places

LANSING – A challenging growing season proved to be no match for the 12 Michigan Corn Growers Association members who won top state honors in the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Yield Contest.

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 48th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. With 8,262 entries, the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest was second only to 2011 in terms of participation. Nationally, the number of entrants increased by nearly 16 percent over 2010 and an incredible 70 percent over 2007 participant numbers. Michigan had more than 350 growers who faced the year’s challenges headon to participate in the contest. Michigan’s twelve winning entries averaged 277.1 bushels per acre.

Supported by the NCGA, the National Corn Yield Contest allows NCGA members from across the country to compete against one another in an attempt to achieve the greatest corn yields in various classes. Michigan’s top honors in the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest went to:

Non-Irrigated Class

• First place – Vic Wolfert of Zeeland, with 263.0 bushels an acre.

• Second place – Jay Parr of Brown City, with 261.0 bushels an acre.

• Third place – Royal Star Farms of Decatur, with 259.9 bushels an acre.

No-Till/Strip Till Non-

Irrigated Class

• First place – Amanda Ferguson of Brown City, with 281.2 bushels an acre.

• Second place – Jay Ferguson of Brown City, with 278.6 bushels an acre.

• Third place – Alvin Ferguson of Allenton, with 259.9 bushels an acre.

Irrigated Class

• First place – Don Stall of Charlotte, with 331.7 bushels an acre.

• Second place – T Jon Drozd of Allegan, with 300.8 bushels an acre.

• Third place – Jon & Jay Drozd of Allegan, with 291.4 bushels an acre.

No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class

• First place – Landis Farms of Schoolcraft, with 267.9 bushels an acre.

• Second place – Ryan McKenzie of Marcellus, with 266.5 bushels an acre.

• Third place – Jeff Fuller of Fulton, with 263.1 bushels an acre.

“The contest is an opportunity for Michigan’s corn growers to demonstrate their best production methods for the chance to win national recognition and see how they stack up against their neighbors in other states,” said Jim Zook, Michigan Corn Growers Association executive director. “This year’s winners faced many challenges, including the worst drought in nearly 25 years, so their strong winning numbers speak volumes about our growers’ abilities. We congratulate this year’s state winners on a job well done!”

Michigan’s 2012 Corn Yield Contest winners will be honored at the MCGA Annual Meeting on Feb. 4, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

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