Progressive Farmer 2016 NCGA Corn Yield Guide : Cover 2

2016 E xCLU S I v E S P ON S OR S merica’s corn farmers once again exceeded expectations in 2016. Continually improving upon farming practices and adopting state-of-the-art technology, they proved that they can continue to grow a bountiful crop, increasing the amount of corn yielded by each acre, year after year. America’s corn farmers undeniably excelled, demon-strating clearly their unparalleled ability to grow a plenti-ful crop to meet the rising demands of a growing world. Shattering records, our nation’s corn farmers hit an all-time production high of 15.1 billion bushels with a record national average yield of 174.6 bushels per acre. The farmers who participated in the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest revealed that the higher contest yields seen in recent years are far from an anomaly as well. In 2016, a second contestant surpassed the 500 bushel-per-acre mark. Trying innovative practices while learning from their peers, these men and women keep pushing the Wesley Spurlock, President National Corn Growers Association limits of what was once considered possible and our imaginations of what the future may hold. The amazing achievements of contest participants serve as indisputable proof of the talent of America’s corn farmers as well as the industry that supports them. On behalf of NCGA and, personally, I thank every en-trant for becoming a part of these advances. Participants make a concrete contribution to the library of agronomic research whether they set a national record or just beat their own best ON ThE C Ov E R attempts thus far. When taken as a Katherine Plessner always keeps whole, the data contestants report her camera close by and couldn’t from their fi elds enable all our na-resist this picturesque scene tion’s farmers to feed and fuel the during harvest. She entered world in an increasingly sustainable “Filling The Semi” in the NCGA way, preserving both our family photo contest. Plessner and her farms and our natural resources husband Kent farm near Verona, generations yet to come. North Dakota. A I thank the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies that make this contest possible. With out their support and service, this contest would not be possible. Volunteer supervisors give of their own personal time and energy to ensure our contest’s integrity. These crop advisors, extension personnel, fi nancial professionals and government employees give our industry an incredible gift whether they participate in only a few or upwards of a few dozen yield checks. As they have for many decades now, seed companies demonstrated their enduring commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest in 2016. These companies see the unique and valuable showcase for their many new seed offerings that the spirited competition at the contests core provides. Their generous support enables the contest to continually meet the highest standards of integrity. These unparalleled standards, combined with the joys of vigor-ous but friendly competition, have allowed the contest to grow for more than fi ve decades at this point. On behalf of NCGA, I offer our deep gratitude to our 2016 sponsors: BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. The steadfast support they generously provide make this guide, along with events and online media recognizing contest winners, possible. This stanch dedication to the continuous improvement of agriculture undoubtedly displays the signifi cance they place upon cre-ating a prosperous and productive future for U.S. farmers. NCGA and its members ardently applaud the suc-cesses of the 2016 winners. The stories shared in this guide offer an in-depth examination of the pioneering practices being developed today that will benefi t corn farmers across the country. The American character can be largely attributed to the independent mavericks that fi rst farmed this land. Today, America’s farmers continue in this proud tradi-tion, keeping an eye toward the future while holding dear the traditions of the past. Through their steadfast dedication and resilient strength, they continue to grow American agriculture’s future even today. A grassroots organization at its heart, we at NCGA renew our commitment every year to helping farm-ers sustainably feed and fuel a growing world. Our dedication, like that of the men and women we serve, remains unwavering as we strive to help America’s corn farmers thrive. NCG A / 2 016 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

America’s corn farmers once again exceeded expectations in 2016. Continually improving upon farming practices and adopting state-of-the-art technology, they proved that they can continue to grow a bountiful crop, increasing the amount of corn yielded by each acre, year after year.

America’s corn farmers undeniably excelled, demonstrating clearly their unparalleled ability to grow a plentiful crop to meet the rising demands of a growing world.

Shattering records, our nation’s corn farmers hit an all-time production high of 15.1 billion bushels with a record national average yield of 174.6 bushels per acre. The farmers who participated in the National Corn Growers Association’s National Corn Yield Contest revealed that the higher contest yields seen in recent years are far from an anomaly as well.

In 2016, a second contestant surpassed the 500 bushel-per-acre mark. Trying innovative practices while learning from their peers, these men and women keep pushing the limits of what was once considered possible and our imaginations of what the future may hold.

The amazing achievements of contest participants serve as indisputable proof of the talent of America’s corn farmers as well as the industry that supports them.

On behalf of NCGA and, personally, I thank every entrant for becoming a part of these advances. Participants make a concrete contribution to the library of agronomic research whether they set a national record or just beat their own best attempts thus far. When taken as a whole, the data contestants report from their fields enable all our nation’s farmers to feed and fuel the world in an increasingly sustainable way, preserving both our family farms and our natural resources generations yet to come.

I thank the volunteer contest supervisors and the seed companies that make this contest possible. With out their support and service, this contest would not be possible.

Volunteer supervisors give of their own personal time and energy to ensure our contest’s integrity. These crop advisors, extension personnel, financial professionals and government employees give our industry an incredible gift whether they participate in only a few or upwards of a few dozen yield checks.

As they have for many decades now, seed companies demonstrated their enduring commitment to the National Corn Yield Contest in 2016. These companies see the unique and valuable showcase for their many new seed offerings that the spirited competition at the contests core provides. Their generous support enables the contest to continually meet the highest standards of integrity. These unparalleled standards, combined with the joys of vigorous but friendly competition, have allowed the contest to grow for more than five decades at this point.

On behalf of NCGA, I offer our deep gratitude to our 2016 sponsors: BASF Corporation, John Deere and DuPont Pioneer. The steadfast support they generously provide make this guide, along with events and online media recognizing contest winners, possible. This stanch dedication to the continuous improvement of agriculture undoubtedly displays the significance they place upon creating a prosperous and productive future for U.S. farmers.

NCGA and its members ardently applaud the successes of the 2016 winners. The stories shared in this guide offer an in-depth examination of the pioneering practices being developed today that will benefit corn farmers across the country.

The American character can be largely attributed to the independent mavericks that first farmed this land. Today, America’s farmers continue in this proud tradition, keeping an eye toward the future while holding dear the traditions of the past. Through their steadfast dedication and resilient strength, they continue to grow American agriculture’s future even today.

A grassroots organization at its heart, we at NCGA renew our commitment every year to helping farmers sustainably feed and fuel a growing world. Our dedication, like that of the men and women we serve, remains unwavering as we strive to help America’s corn farmers thrive.

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