Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Elder places in state corn yield contest

March 9, 2006

Jimmy Elder, of Elder Farms, Linwood, recently won second place in the class A ridge-till non-irrigated division of the 2005 National Corn Growers' Association's Corn Yield Contest in Kansas. Elder won with Pioneer brand hybrid 33R78, which yielded 200.40 bushels per acre.

Elder earned one of the 341 state titles won by growers planning Pioneer hybrids. The NCGA awarded 539 state and national titles in this year's contest.

The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual competition among corn producers with the goal of producing the highest yields. In the contest, growers compete in a broad range of corn production classes, including non-irrigated, no-till/strip-till non-irrigated, no-till/strip-till irrigated, ridge-till non-irrigated, ridge-till irrigated and irrigated classes.

Elder planted the winning entry on April 17, 2005, in fields grown to corn in 2004. He planted the crop into 30-inch rows using a Case IH 955 six-row planter at a rate of 27,500 seeds per acre.

Elder applied a total of 135 pounds of nitrogen and four pounds of potash per acre to enhance fertility. He used a Case IH 955 combine to harvest the winning plot on Oct. 6, 2005.

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