Local grower is state winner in corn contest

April 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS — A Greene County corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association.

Doug Swaim of Cedarville was second in the state in the AA No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 265.4341 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was DEKALB/DKC62-08RIB. Swaim was one of 434 state winners nationwide. The 2013 contest set a record with 8,983 entries from 47 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers from 10 states — three from each of six classes — were named national winners.

The average yield among national winners was 354.67 bushels per acre, more than the 2013 U.S. average of 158.8 bushels per acre. Five of the national winners recorded yields of 400 bushels or more per acre.

“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,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Carmi, Ill. “Our contest participants demonstrated that America’s farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting state-of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals.”

Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques.

The National Corn Yield Contest began in 1965 with 20 entries from three states. The highest overall yield was 218.9 bushels per acre, while the national yield average was in the mid-60 bushel-per-acre range.

The winners were recognized Feb. 28 at the 2014 Commodity Classic, the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat industries, held in San Antonio. The National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 members, 48 affiliated state corn grower and checkoff organizations, and thousands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs.