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Randy Dowdy is a first-generation corn farmer from Brooks County, Georgia. Randy has a particular interest in maximizing corn yields and has been able to exceed 400 plus bushels per acre on his farm numerous times through a systems approach to growing corn. Dowdy's forward thinking approach to corn production challenges accepted practices and focuses on extracting as much yield from each seed planted as possible.

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RANDY DOWDY HITS 521 BUSHELS WITH AGRIGOLD BRAND SEED CORN

AgriGold is excited to announce that National Corn Growers Yield Champion Randy Dowdy from Valdosta, Georgia had a bin busting 521.3968 bushels per acre with AgriGold A6499STX in the 2016 NCGA Corn Yield Contest. Randy placed 1st nationally in the E: No-Till/Strip Till Irrigated division. This yield mark is the second highest yield ever recorded in the NCGA Corn Yield Contest and a personal best for the Brooks County Georgia farmer.

In addition to Randy Dowdy's 521 bu./acre nationally winning yield, AgriGold is proud to announce that Dowdy Farms has swept the I: Irrigated Class of the 2016 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest. With elite AgriGold genetics, Dowdy Farms secured the top three placings nationally. We would like to recognize Dowdy Farms on this bin busting achievement. History was made in 2016, when Randy Dowdy and Dowdy Farms became the first farm operation in the NCGA Corn Yield Contest to have two entries yield over 500 bushels per acre. And, AgriGold is the first brand in the history of the NCGA Corn Yield Contest to have two entries that yielded over 500 bushels per acre. This historical milestone adds another major achievement to the AgriGold brand’s eighty year history! The top three national winners in the I: Irrigated class include:

  • Kevin Dowdy, 501.0196 bu./acre with A6499STX
  • Michelle Dowdy, 465.0332 bu./acre with A6711VT2PRO
  • Loren Seabolt, 463.1138 bu./acre with A6499STX

“AgriGold would like to congratulate Kevin, Michelle and Loren on this outstanding accomplishment,” said John Kermicle, AgriGold General Manager. “We take great pride in offering growers elite corn hybrids and select soybeans along with a true partner relationship. Kevin, Michelle and Loren personify the very best of what can truly happened when you combine elite genetics, the grower’s knowledge and or agronomic expertise. Not everyone can grow 500 bushel corn, but everyone can increase their yields!” said Kermicle. “It’s great to have products that can make 400 to 500 bushel corn. We were extremely blessed this year given our spring weather pattern” said Randy Dowdy. “I know not all hybrids are created equal but all the AgriGold corn hybrids we have planted thus far have lived up to that challenge of having great standability, grain quality and have that top end yield punch we are always looking for.”

Randy Dowdy's 2016 crop year wasn’t all that ideal as spring planting conditions put his corn crop in jeopardy. “We had a tough year, we got started off with wet feet, it was difficult getting everything planted and we even had to abandon some acres. When you get 11 inches of rain in seven days and another seven to ten inches in the following weeks, it makes it tough for sure.” Once Dowdy was able to get through the tough months of March and early April he was blessed with great weather for the majority of his growing year. “Once we got our stand and the corn established we had 10 weeks of beautiful sunshine. We had some intermittent rains but luckily we were able to make it rain as we had irrigation on the crop that was left and were able to water as we needed it. This year, solar radiation has been a big deal and it reminds me of 2011 here in the Southeast. I have always said it is one thing to plant 48 to 50 to even 60 thousand plants per acre but is another thing to get enough sunlight to feed those plants.”

Looking back, Dowdy does see the later planting date and the quick infestation of disease as additional factors that ultimately could have altered another world record corn yield. “As Dowdy noted, in Southern Georgia, the summer heat can be downright blistering. “The intense heat and high humidity levels make us very nervous about disease and we have to be very proactive in that regard. For us, it is not a matter of fact if we are going to get Southern Rust, it’s when. This year it showed up the earliest it has since the 1980’s. Somewhere around June 2nd it was recorded, where normally it starts to show up mid to late June.” Dowdy's proactive approach included weekly tissue sampling and continuous scouting which provided him with direction as he spoon-fed nutrients to his crop via pivots and aerial applications. “You have to get nutrients out there before and when the plant needs them.” Aerial applications of fungicide aided Dowdy to reduce the respiration rates, heat stress and to alleviate disease pressure. “Plant stress equals yield loss. Whenever you reduce or eliminate stress, yields will increase.” Coupled with tissue sampling, Dowdy employs water sensors to inform him of water removal in the root zone. “I monitor these levels at the 6-, 12- and 18- inch depths in the soil. If you are removing water from these depths, then you should feel certain that your plants will remove available nutrients as well. At each step, I ask myself what’s going on that could be taking yield away? Then I evaluate and determine how to address that particular stress.”

“Not all years are created equal nor are hybrids,” said Dowdy. In 2014 when Dowdy broke the world record at 503 bu. /acre, he planted half his crop with a 36 inch twin row planter and half with a 30 inch row planter. This year his entire crop was planted with a 15 inch row planter. Randy Dowdy plants his corn crop at different populations across his farm to minimize risks and maximize results. “I had grown A6499 in 2015 but really did not know much about A6711. I trusted the AgriGold team to send me what they thought would yield best in my geographic region. From there, we spread risk by planting at various populations on the farm. I pushed populations as high as I felt comfortable on 15 inch rows and that proved to be a big factor considering the year we had. As you drive population, the plant tends to grow tall, the stalks are less than to be desired and potential lodging risk is there.” Dowdy admits these two hybrids were consistently standing out. “We did not see any issues with these two hybrids as we continued to drive population. Stalk strength was outstanding and I did not see one plant that was lodged whereas the competitors were on the ground at the same populations and same management practices.” Dowdy admits the biggest attention grabber was the grain quality of these two products. “The grain quality and shuck coverage were impeccable. To make 400 to 500 bushel corn, you have to have ear count and weight. I was very impressed at the ability of these two AgriGold hybrids to rise to the top when challenged with the many adversities we faced in 2016. AgriGold definitely knows corn!”

As Dowdy noted prior, “Sometimes it pays to try something new!” These are words Randy Dowdy strives to live by when it comes to his agricultural practices. “I am a first generation farmer. In the beginning, I had no preconceived notions about what could work and what actually would. I did not have my dad or grandpa telling me this is the way it has to be done. I would recommend all growers to step outside their comfort zones and try something new on their farms.” After planting AgriGold products for the second year in a row, Dowdy feels the yield potential with these two hybrids along with other key products AgriGold has to offer could help him break David Hula’s world record of 532 bu./acre set in 2015 this upcoming year. “Going into 2017, we are making a game plan like we usually do. We are going to spread risk across hybrids, populations and we are going to try some different technique in the fertility arena. We are going to continue working with PGR’s trying to understand the relationship of those hormones and what roles they play in a corn plants development. And, we are going to continue to vet 15 inch rows. This past year was the first year I had ever grown corn on 15 inch rows and hopefully we will see similar or better results.” Dowdy credits the good Lord for his achievements as none of this would be possible without divine intervention, he notes. “I always tell people Randy is the author of his crop production success, but God has been the finisher.”

To learn more about Randy Dowdy, please visit:
growbigcorn.com

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THE DOWDY FAMILY

ACHIEVEMENTS

2014 - 2016
National Corn Growers Association
  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  521.3968 BPA

  • KEVIN DOWDY

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  501.0196 BPA

  • MICHELLE DOWDY

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6711VT2PRO  465.0332 BPA

  • LOREN SEABOLT

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  463.1138 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2015 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  486.1594 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2015 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6659VT3P  444.6112 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2014 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    CORN YIELD WORLD RECORD HOLDER

NCGA STATE

WINNERS

2016
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  • CHRIS CREECH
    KENTUCKY

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: A NON-IRRIGATED

    A6659VT2PRO  255.5984 BPA

  • JULIE MEZERA
    WISCONISN

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: AA NON-IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  279.6781 BPA

  • JUSTIN HURT
    MISSISSIPPI

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: A NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NON-IRRIGATED

    A6659VT2PRO  259.3065 BPA

  • MARK DAVIS
    TENNESSEE

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: A NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NON-IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  298.1841 BPA

  • KARY & TRACY ROBINSON
    TENNESSEE

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: A NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NON-IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  250.6179 BPA

  • GREGORY KEY
    ALABAMA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: A NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NON-IRRIGATED

    A6499VT2PRO  166.2493 BPA

  • TERRY VISSING
    INDIANA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: AA NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL NON-IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  288.3517 BPA

  • RANDY DOWDY
    GEORGIA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  521.3968 BPA

  • KEVIN DOWDY
    GEORGIA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  501.0196 BPA

  • DAN LUEPKES
    ILLINOIS

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  315.6245 BPA

  • PHILLIP MEREDITH
    KENTUCKY

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  276.8313 BPA

  • MICHELLE DOWDY
    GEORGIA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6711VT2PRO  465.0332 BPA

  • DAVID LUEPKES
    ILLINOIS

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  312.2014 BPA

  • DUANE WANPLER
    INDIANA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6711VT2PRO  274.0691 BPA

  • LOREN SEABOLT
    GEORGIA

    2016 NCGA CORN YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  463.1138 BPA

RANDY'S KEYS

TO SUCCESS

  • Law of Minimum +  view infographic

    LAW OF MINIMUM

    Derived from author Justus von Liebig

    The law states that yield is proportional to the amount of the most limiting nutrient, whichever nutrient it may be. From this, it may be inferred that if the deficient nutrient is supplied, yields may be improved to the point that some other nutrient is needed in greater quantity than the soil can provide, and the Law of the Minimum would apply in turn to that nutrient.

  • Plant Physiology

    PLANT PHYSIOLOGY + YIELD

     

    When are the number of rows determined by a corn plant?

    When is the size of ear determined and the number of kernels per row determined?

    When are kernels “Set”?

    Nutrient uptake: understanding timing vs availability

    Yield: ear count, kernel count and kernel weight

    If you’re late in supplying the corn plant’s needs then understand that subsequent yield loss is irrevocable.

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