Progressive Farmer 2013 NCGA Winners Guide : IFC

2013 E xCLu s I v E s P ONs ORs In 2013, America’s corn farmers showed how, through the adoption of innovative technologies and cutting edge practices, they can grow an abundant crop to meet all needs. While rains kept many from their f elds and delayed planting in the spring, the character of the men and women who farm our land, shone through as they toiled tirelessly to get the crop in the ground in time for it to fl ourish. And fl ourish it did. This fall, U.S. corn farmers reaped the bounty of their labors, harvesting a record crop that will provide food, fuel and f ber for our nation and our trading partners around the world. Participation in the National Corn Yield Contest broke records too, with 8,983 entries. Also breaking the previous record for submissions via the online entry and harvest forms, contest participants demonstrated that America’s farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting Martin Barbre, President the state-of-the-art National Corn Growers Association tools which help them meet those goals. This technology also allows NCGA to better serve farmers in that pursuit. Online submission makes it possible for us to dig deeper into the data gathered through the contest and provide fuller, more precise information on growing practices that might benef t a diverse array of operations. We thank each of you for your dedication, and we would like every participant to know that the work each of you does during the contest contributes to the pool of agronomic knowledge that allows farmers to meet the growing demands of a hungry world while preserving the natural resources upon which our families have depended for generations. We thank three additional groups whose commitment makes this contest possible: the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies. Volunteer supervisors work a considerable amount each fall, some documenting dozens of yield checks. These crop advisors, extension personnel, government employees and f nancial professionals give back to the agricultural industry through their hard work and ensure the integrity of the contest as a whole. The seed companies also demonstrate ongoing dedication to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies recognize the stiff competition inherent in the contest and realize that it provides an excellent showcase for the myriad of new seed offerings. As the contest grows in popularity and renown, seed representatives step forward to help growers work toward their dreams. Finally, we would like to offer special thanks to BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. Their generous f nancial support makes this guide, along with the events and online media recognizing contest winners, possible. Moreover, their ongoing support of efforts to advance agriculture serves as a testament to their commitment to American farmers. We applaud the successes of the 2013 winners. Their stories, highlighted throughout the guide, provide valuable insight into innovative practices that will help our industry fl ourish in the years to come. American corn farmers build upon a tradition of excellence, but they remain dogged in their determination for further improvement. The men and women who make up today’s vibrant American agricultural sector worked tirelessly in 2013 and proved their ability to exceed expectations remains strong. In 2014, NCGA continues to work with the same passionate, driven spirit, providing opportunity for those who provide a corn crop to meet growing global needs. NCG A / 2 013 W I N N E R S C O R N Y I E L D G U I D E

A Message For The President

In 2013, America's corn farmers showed how, through the adoption of innovative technologies and cutting edge practices, they can grow an abundant crop to meet all needs. While rains kept many from their fields and delayed planting in the spring, the character of the men and women who farm our land, shone through as they toiled tirelessly to get the crop in the ground in time for it to flourish. And flourish it did. This fall, U.S. corn farmers reaped the bounty of their labors, harvesting a record crop that will provide food, fuel and fiber for our nation and our trading partners around the world.

Participation in the National Corn Yield Contest broke records too, with 8,983 entries.Also breaking the previous record for submissions via the online entry and harvest forms, contest participants demonstrated that America's farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting the state-of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals. This technology also allows NCGA to better serve farmers in that pursuit. Online submission makes it possible for us to dig deeper into the data gathered through the contest and provide fuller, more precise information on growing practices that might benefit a diverse array of operations.

We thank each of you for your dedication, and we would like every participant to know that the work each of you does during the contest contributes to the pool of agronomic knowledge that allows farmers to meet the growing demands of a hungry world while preserving the natural resources upon which our families have depended for generations.We thank three additional groups whose commitment makes this contest possible: the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies.Volunteer supervisors work a considerable amount each fall, some documenting dozens of yield checks.

These crop advisors, extension personnel, government employees and financial professionals give back to the agricultural industry through their hard work and ensure the integrity of the contest as a whole.

The seed companies also demonstrate ongoing dedication to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies recognize the stiff competition inherent in the contest and realize that it provides an excellent showcase for the myriad of new seed offerings. As the contest grows in popularity and renown, seed representatives step forward to help growers work toward their dreams.

Finally, we would like to offer special thanks to BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer.Their generous financial support makes this guide, along with the events and online media recognizing contest winners, possible. Moreover, their ongoing support of efforts to advance agriculture serves as a testament to their commitment to American farmers.We applaud the successes of the 2013 winners.

Their stories, highlighted throughout the guide, provide valuable insight into innovative practices that will help our industry flourish in the years to come.

American corn farmers build upon a tradition of excellence, but they remain dogged in their determination for further improvement. The men and women who make up today's vibrant American agricultural sector worked tirelessly in 2013 and proved their ability to exceed expectations remains strong. In 2014, NCGA continues to work with the same passionate, driven spirit, providing opportunity for those who provide a corn crop to meet growing global needs.

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