Progressive Farmer NCGA 2015 Corn Yield Guide : Cover2

merica’s corn farmers truly exceeded all expectations yet again in 2015. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative practices, they proved that the production increases seen in 2014 can be seen as part of a greater trend. 2015 pro-vides evidence that ongoing progress can be expected well into the future. The American corn farmers’ incredible ability to produce a growing abundance to meet all demands from a growing world shone brightly this year. With the third-highest all-time production, at 13.6 billion bushels, and the second-highest national average yield, at 168.4 bushels per acre, corn farmers demon-strated a continued ability to achieve excellence. Yet, at the same time, participants in the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest showed that higher yields than ever before demonstrated are no longer beyond their reach. This year, the contest broke an amazing boundary, recording a verifi ed yield of just over 532 bushels per Chip Bowling, President National Corn Growers Association acre. By continually searching for new production methods and adopting the most advanced technologies, contest participants push the bounds of possibility while creat-ing unique data that can help the industry improve as a whole. These achievements stand as a testament to the aptitude of our corn farmers and to the industry that supports them. I, both personally as a farmer and on behalf of NCGA, thank every entrant for being a part of these advancements. ON t he c Ov e R Whether you set a national record or Kelli Jo Reznicek entered this just achieved your personal best, the image in the NCGA photo contest information that you provided makes of her fi ancé Jordan Emanuel planting near North Bend, Neb. a tangible contribution to the library of Emanuel is president of the agronomic knowledge. Together, what Dodge/Colfax County Corn contestants report from the fi eld makes Growers Association in Nebraska. it possible for U.S. corn farmers to feed and fuel our world in ways that A A Message From the President 2015 e xcLU S I v e S P ON S OR S simultaneously preserve our natural resources and allow families to continue farming their land for generations to come. I also offer our gratitude to the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies that make this contest possible. Volunteer supervisors ensure our contest’s integrity by giving of their time and energy every fall. These crop advisors, extension personnel, government em-ployees and fi nancial professionals make an incredible contribution to their industry, with some conducting dozens of yield checks. It is this very hard work that makes the contest possible. In 2015, as they have for so many years, the seed companies again displayed their lasting commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies continue to see how the vigorous competition intrinsic in the contest provides a unique and valuable showcase for their multitude of new seed offerings. The generos-ity of their support allows the contest to maintain the unparalleled integrity which has caused the competition to grow for more than fi ve decades now. Finally, on behalf of NCGA, I thank BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. Their un-stinting fi nancial support makes this guide, along with the events and online media recognizing contest win-ners, possible. Furthermore, their unwavering dedication to advancing agriculture shows clearly the importance they place upon improving the future for U.S. farmers. NCGA and its members enthusiastically applaud the successes of the 2015 winners. The stories they share throughout this guide offer an inside look at the cutting-edge practices being developed today to benefi t American corn farmers well into the future. A land of rugged individualists always working hard to go further and achieve more, the very character of our nation comes from the farmers whose ancestors helped to build it. With an eye always toward the horizon, farmers value their past without ever taking for granted tomorrow’s success. This strong, resilient spirit remains an integral part of American agriculture today. At NCGA, we promise to help farmers in their quest to sustainably feed and fuel a growing world. By build-ing demand and continually striving to improve, we stand united in our work to help all U.S. corn farmers thrive. NCG A / 2 015 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

Chip Bowling, President NCGA

Chip Bowling, President National Corn Growers Association

(Progressive Farmer image provided by NCGA)

America’s corn farmers truly exceeded all expectations yet again in 2015. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative practices, they proved that the production increases seen in 2014 can be seen as part of a greater trend. 2015 provides evidence that ongoing progress can be expected well into the future.

The American corn farmers’ incredible ability to produce a growing abundance to meet all demands from a growing world shone brightly this year.

With the third-highest all-time production, at 13.6 billion bushels, and the second-highest national average yield, at 168.4 bushels per acre, corn farmers demonstrated a continued ability to achieve excellence. Yet, at the same time, participants in the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest showed that higher yields than ever before demonstrated are no longer beyond their reach.

This year, the contest broke an amazing boundary, recording a verified yield of just over 532 bushels per acre. By continually searching for new production methods and adopting the most advanced technologies, contest participants push the bounds of possibility while creating unique data that can help the industry improve as a whole.

These achievements stand as a testament to the aptitude of our corn farmers and to the industry that supports them.

I, both personally as a farmer and on behalf of NCGA, thank every entrant for being a part of these advancements. Whether you set a national record or just achieved your personal best, the information that you provided makes a tangible contribution to the library of agronomic knowledge. Together, what contestants report from the field makes it possible for U.S. corn farmers to feed and fuel our world in ways that simultaneously preserve our natural resources and allow families to continue farming their land for generations to come.

I also offer our gratitude to the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies that make this contest possible.

Volunteer supervisors ensure our contest’s integrity by giving of their time and energy every fall. These crop advisors, extension personnel, government employees and financial professionals make an incredible contribution to their industry, with some conducting dozens of yield checks. It is this very hard work that makes the contest possible.

In 2015, as they have for so many years, the seed companies again displayed their lasting commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest. These companies continue to see how the vigorous competition intrinsic in the contest provides a unique and valuable showcase for their multitude of new seed offerings. The generosity of their support allows the contest to maintain the unparalleled integrity which has caused the competition to grow for more than five decades now.

Finally, on behalf of NCGA, I thank BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. Their unstinting financial support makes this guide, along with the events and online media recognizing contest winners, possible. Furthermore, their unwavering dedication to advancing agriculture shows clearly the importance they place upon improving the future for U.S. farmers.

NCGA and its members enthusiastically applaud the successes of the 2015 winners. The stories they share throughout this guide offer an inside look at the cutting-edge practices being developed today to benefit American corn farmers well into the future.

A land of rugged individualists always working hard to go further and achieve more, the very character of our nation comes from the farmers whose ancestors helped to build it. With an eye always toward the horizon, farmers value their past without ever taking for granted tomorrow’s success. This strong, resilient spirit remains an integral part of American agriculture today.

At NCGA, we promise to help farmers in their quest to sustainably feed and fuel a growing world. By building demand and continually striving to improve, we stand united in our work to help all U.S. corn farmers thrive.

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