542 bushels/acre — new corn yield record set by David Hula

The ceiling on corn yields has been raised once again.

David Hula of Charles City, Virginia set a new record of 542.3 bushels/acre in the National Corn Growers Association’s 2017 Yield Contest.

Hula surpassed his previous high of 532 bushels/acre, set in 2015.

The NCGA’s 53rd annual contest results were announced on Monday (click here to see the national winners.)

“The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber,” noted Roger Zylstra, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team.

Hula hit the 542 bushel mark with Pioneer’s P1197AM variety in the NCGA’s no-till/strip-till, irrigated contest category.

The NCGA named winners in six production categories. The top non-irrigated yield was 386 bu/ac — a Dekalb DKC66-74RIB entry grown by Kevin Kalb at Dubois, Indiana.

Contest rules require all entries be a minimum of 10 continuous acres, planted with a hybrid that is currently commercially available for sale.

 

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