Greg Dickerson of Wolcottville recently placed third place in the irrigated division of the 2011 National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest in Indiana. Dickerson won with Pioneer brand hybrid P1395, which yielded 243 bushels per acre.
Dickerson earned one of the 273 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer hybrids. The NCGA awarded 411 state titles in this year’s contest. Growers planting Pioneer hybrids dominated the contest and won 66 percent of all state awards presented. At a recognition dinner held March 1 in Avilla, Dickerson accepted his award and stated that he and his father benefitted from having an NCGA entry for the last two years. They were able to set aside a 10-acre block each year and try new applications to those 10 acres – which included using a full season, high yielding hybrid and experimenting with nutrient and water applications.
“This gives us a chance to apply new ideas to our field in a monitored environment, without the high financial risk of applying it to all of our acres. We used this as an opportunity to expand our horizons,” Dickerson said. In addition, Dickerson challenges growers to think outside the box, “use this NCGA opportunity to do something you normally wouldn’t do.”
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 within 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.
“Each year, we continue to see growers planting Pioneer corn hybrids succeed in the NCGA Corn Yield contest, and we’re thrilled that these growers choose Pioneer products for these winning yields,” stated Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. “These results continue to demonstrate the impressive yield potential that Pioneer genetics bring to our customers, and it also demonstrates what growers can achieve by planting the right product on the right acre.”
“We’re excited about the diversity of hybrids represented in this year’s contest by growers planting Pioneer products,” he said. “It shows that Pioneer is advancing hybrids locally to help growers’ succeed across diverse environments.”