Progressive Farmer 2014 Corn Yield Guide : CV2

2014 E XCLU S I V E SPON SOR S n 2014, America’s corn farmers used the best tech-nology and the most innovative practices to exceed all expectations. Years of unfavorable weather conditions had dampened American corn farmers’ ability to shine. But, with more propitious conditions across much of the Corn Belt, corn farmers had the op-portunity to truly fl ourish. And fl ourish they did. This harvest, the world witnessed the incredible bounty U.S. corn farmers can provide to meet the growing need for food, fuel and fi ber both in our nation and around the world. Breaking both the record for all-time production, at 14.2 billion bushels, and highest national average yield, at 171 bushels per acre, corn farmers set a new standard for excellence in corn production. At the same time, participants in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest showed what might be possible in the future. This year, the contest broke an amazing boundary, recording the fi rst-ever entry with a verifi ed yield of more than 500 bushels per acre. Pushing the limits, the contest shows what is actually possible when America’s farmers adopt Chip Bowling, President state-of-the-art tools that National Corn Growers Association help them meet their ever-increasing goals. The achievements of both our contest entrants and of farmers across America serve as an undeniable testament to their prowess and the innovation of the industry that supports them. On behalf of NCGA, I thank every entrant for being a part of the advancements that make these records possible. Each of you makes a concrete contribution 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. I A M e s s a g e F r o m t h e P r e s i d e n t At the same time, we also offer our gratitude to three additional groups whose commitment makes this contest possible: the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies. Our volunteer supervisors give so much of their time and energy each fall to ensure the contest’s integrity, with some documenting dozens of yield checks. These crop advisers, extension personnel, government employees and fi nancial professionals contribute to the agricultural industry through their hard work, providing a resource that truly makes the contest possible. The seed companies also demonstrate enduring commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies recognize the robust competition inherent in the contest and appreciate that it provides an excellent showcase for the myriad new seed offerings. Only through their generosity has it been possible to maintain the rigorous standards that have caused the contest to not only grow but fl ourish for 50 years. Finally, on behalf of NCGA, I thank BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. Their generous fi 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. NCGA and all of its members heartily applaud the successes of the 2014 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. The character of America comes, in large part, from its agricultural roots. Farmers, by nature, must embody simultaneously optimism, dedication and innovation to succeed. Today, the men and women who constitute America’s vibrant agricultural sector show how that spirit remains strong. At NCGA, we promise to move forward with our mission to tirelessly work to grow and increase opportunities for American corn farmers as they grow a crop to meet growing global needs. NCG A / 2 014 W I N N E R S C O R N Y I E L D G U I D E

A Message From The President

In 2014, America’s corn farmers used the best technology and the most innovative practices to exceed all expectations. Years of unfavorable weather conditions had dampened American corn farmers’ ability to shine. But, with more propitious conditions across much of the Corn Belt, corn farmers had the opportunity to truly flourish. And flourish they did.

This harvest, the world witnessed the incredible bounty U.S. corn farmers can provide to meet the growing need for food, fuel and fiber both in our nation and around the world.

Breaking both the record for all-time production, at 14.2 billion bushels, and highest national average yield, at 171 bushels per acre, corn farmers set a new standard for excellence in corn production. At the same time, participants in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest showed what might be possible in the future.

This year, the contest broke an amazing boundary, recording the first-ever entry with a verified yield of more than 500 bushels per acre. Pushing the limits, the contest shows what is actually possible when America’s farmers adopt state-of-the-art tools that help them meet their everincreasing goals. The achievements of both our contest entrants and of farmers across America serve as an undeniable testament to their prowess and the innovation of the industry that supports them.

On behalf of NCGA, I thank every entrant for being a part of the advancements that make these records possible. Each of you makes a concrete contribution 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.

At the same time, we also offer our gratitude to three additional groups whose commitment makes this contest possible: the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies.

Our volunteer supervisors give so much of their time and energy each fall to ensure the contest’s integrity, with some documenting dozens of yield checks. These crop advisers, extension personnel, government employees and financial professionals contribute to the agricultural industry through their hard work, providing a resource that truly makes the contest possible.

The seed companies also demonstrate enduring commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies recognize the robust competition inherent in the contest and appreciate that it provides an excellent showcase for the myriad new seed offerings. Only through their generosity has it been possible to maintain the rigorous standards that have caused the contest to not only grow but flourish for 50 years.

Finally, on behalf of NCGA, I thank 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.

NCGA and all of its members heartily applaud the successes of the 2014 winners. Their stories, highlighted throughout the guide, provide valuable insight into innovative practices that will help our industry flourish in the years to come.

The character of America comes, in large part, from its agricultural roots. Farmers, by nature, must embody simultaneously optimism, dedication and innovation to succeed. Today, the men and women who constitute America’s vibrant agricultural sector show how that spirit remains strong.

At NCGA, we promise to move forward with our mission to tirelessly work to grow and increase opportunities for American corn farmers as they grow a crop to meet growing global needs.

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