LEARN MORE TODAY

A Yield Master doesn’t just grow corn— they’re devoted to their craft. Gain insight from current members and discover how you can become a master of your own fields to achieve maximum results.

FEATURED

YIELD MASTER

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.

 MAKING HISTORY

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

+  read more

THE DOWDY FAMILY

ACHIEVEMENTS

2014 - 2016
National Corn Growers Association
  • NATIONAL WINNER

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

    A6499STX  521.3968 BPA

  • KEVIN DOWDY

    2016 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  501.0196 BPA

  • MICHELLE DOWDY

    2016 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    2ND PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6711VT2PRO  465.0332 BPA

  • LOREN SEABOLT

    2016 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  463.1138 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2015 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  486.1594 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2015 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    3RD PLACE: IRRIGATED

    A6659VT3P  444.6112 BPA

  • NATIONAL WINNER

    2014 NCGA YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: IRRIGATED

    CORN YIELD WORLD RECORD HOLDER

NCGA STATE

WINNERS

2016
United States Map
  • 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 YIELD CONTEST
    1ST PLACE: NO-TILL/STRIP-TILL IRRIGATED

    A6499STX  521.3968 BPA

  • KEVIN DOWDY
    GEORGIA

    2016 NCGA 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 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 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.

IT'S NOT A CLUB, IT'S

A WAY OF LIFE.

10 acres or 10,000 acres, if you are planting with AgriGold, you’re already a Yield Master!

Share knowledge, tips and success stories with other AgriGold growers and stay up-to-date on the latest agronomy practices, special events and promotions.

SHARE YOUR

STORY

+  all fields in orange must be completed

Upload:

PRIVACY POLICY | Contact us for more information

AgriGold has drafted this document, which details how we gather and disseminate information, in an effort to demonstrate our strong commitment to online privacy. Please contact us if you have any questions about our privacy policy.

Use of Internet Protocol Address

We use your Internet protocol (IP) address for several reasons: to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our Web site, to help identify you, and to gather broad demographic information.

Use of Registration Information

Our site's registration area requires customers to supply contact information, such as name and e-mail address, and demographic information. We use this information to send updated information to you regarding current events and the status our organization. However, users may opt out of - or opt in to these promotional e-mail messages at any time. (See Opt Out/Opt In, below.)

Security

AgriGold features security measures on our host’s servers to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information placed under our control.

Children's Guidelines

We do not collect or use any online contact information or identifiable off-line contact information about a child without parental consent. We do not distribute personally identifiable information about children without parental consent. We do not give children the ability to post or distribute personal information without prior consent. We do not entice children with games or contests that would encourage them to disclose personal information.

Opt Out/Opt In

AgriGold allows users to opt out of receiving e-mail from us. To opt out of our mailing list you can send e-mail to a remove mailing list. To Opt Out/Opt In, please use the Contact Us form on the site.

Correct/Update Personal Information

AgriGold allows you to change or modify your personal information by using the Contact Us form on the website.

Disclaimer

This site contains links to other sites. AgriGold is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these sites.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or concerns about our privacy policy, please contact us:

AgriGold Hybrids
5381 Akin Road
St. Francisville, IL 62460
800-262-7333

AgriGold® and Design, AgReliant Genetics® and Design, AdvantageAcre® , We Know Corn, Corn Specialist, and Giants are trademarks and servicemarks of AgReliant Genetics, LLC.

CLOSE X

LEGAL INFORMATION | Contact us for more information

All orders and sales are subject to the AgriGold Terms and Conditions of Sale, which include but are not limited to the Limitation of Warranty & Remedy and Agronomic Zone and Planting Year. All Terms and Conditions of Sale are subject to change from time to time without prior notice. For the most up to date Terms and Conditions of Sale, see the AgriGold website at www.agrigold.com.

Please be reminded that the use of traited seed may be contingent on the signature of technology agreements. Please check with your seed representative. All products are subject to availability.

AGRONOMIC ZONE AND PLANTING YEAR

By purchasing seed products of AgriGold, the buyer understands that such products are for planting in the year of the purchase and that AgriGold has the obligation to pay royalties to trait providers for the products containing specific traits based on each grower’s agronomic zone. Buyer agrees to report the agronomic zone of each grower who will plant such traited products (including that of the buyer if he is a grower) to AgriGold. Such agronomic zones are defined and assigned by each of the trait providers at their sole discretion, and may be different from one provider to another.

At any time, should AgriGold become aware that the seed product was invoiced for an incorrect agronomic zone or planting year, AgriGold will adjust the invoice to reflect the correct price. In such event, either AgriGold will promptly issue a refund, or the buyer will pay the corrected amount remaining owed to AgriGold. Monsanto Company is a member of Excellence Through Stewardship® (ETS). Monsanto products are commercialized in accordance with ETS Product Launch Stewardship Guidance, and in compliance with Monsanto’s Policy for Commercialization of Biotechnology-Derived Plant Products in Commodity Crops.

Only commercialized products have been approved for import into key export markets with functioning regulatory systems. Any crop or material produced from this product can only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their grain handler or product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product. Excellence Through Stewardship® is a registered trademark of Biotechnology Industry Organization.

B.t. products may not yet be registered in all states. Check with your Monsanto representative for the registration status in your state.

IMPORTANT IRM INFORMATION: Genuity® RIB Complete® corn blend products do not require the planting of a structured refuge except in the Cotton-Growing Area where corn earworm is a significant pest. Always read and follow IRM requirements. AgriGold® and Design, AgReliant Genetics® and Design, AdvantageAcre®, WeKnow Corn, Corn Specialist, Giants, and Yield Masters are trademarks and servicemarks of AgReliant Genetics, LLC.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS.

Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate.

Acceleron®, DroughtGard®, Genuity Design®, Genuity®, RIB Complete and Design®, RIB Complete®, Roundup Ready 2 Technology and Design®, Roundup Ready®, Roundup®, SmartStax and Design®, SmartStax®, VT Double PRO® and VT Triple PRO® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

Liberty®, LibertyLink®, the Water Droplet Design®, Poncho®, and VOTiVO® are registered trademarks of Bayer. Herculex® is a registered trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC. Respect the Refuge and Corn Design® and Respect the Refuge® are registered trademarks of National Corn Growers Association.

Agrisure® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Herculex® Technology incorporated into these seeds is commercialized under license from Dow AgroSciences LLC. Seed products with the LibertyLink® (LL) trait are resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, an alternative to glyphosate in corn, and combine high-yielding genetics with the powerful, non-selective, post-emergent weed control of Liberty® herbicide for optimum yield and excellent weed control. Callisto®Xtra, Lexar®, Lumax® and Bicep II Magnum® are Restricted Use Pesticides.

Important: Always read and follow all bag tag and label instructions before buying or using Syngenta products. The instructions contain important conditions of sale, including limitations of warranty and remedy. All products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or countries. Please check with your state or local extension service before buying or using Syngenta products. Agrisure®, Agrisure Viptera®, Apron XL®, Maxim®, Cruiser Extreme®, Force®, Bicep II Magnum®, Callisto®, Lexar®, Lumax®, Spirit®, NorthStar®, Princep®, Halex® GT, Dual II Magnum®, and Zemax® are registered trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Confidence®, Degree Xtra®, and TripleFLEX® are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC. Capture® is a registered trademark of FMC Corporation. Impact® is a registered trademarks of Amvac Chemical Corporation.

SUPPLY & PRICE

Every reasonable effort will be made to furnish seed as indicated in this order. If BRAND is unable to furnish this seed for any reason (including without limitation crop failure, total or partial shortage of products and/or seed sizes in term of quantity and/or quality, destruction of all or part of production facilities, failure of carriers), the buyer’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the cancellation of this order. In the event of short supply for a given product, BRAND reserves the right to distribute the available quantity among any of its customers at its sole discretion. Prices and hybrids indicated on reverse side are subject to change anytime. If no price is listed on the reverse side, the price shall be the price set out in BRAND’s published price list for the upcoming crop year.

LIMITATION OF WARRANTY AND REMEDY

BRAND (“Company”) warrants that the seeds in the container are as described on the tag, subject to tolerances established by law. THE FOREGOING EXPRESS WARRANTY EXCLUDES ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY AND THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION THEREON. The Company does not warrant that conventional seed produced or sold by the Company is free of genetically modified organisms (“GMO”) nor does the Company warrant that genetically modified seed produced or sold by the Company is free of unintentional GMO for any reason, (including but not limited to adventitious pollen contamination due to pollen drift caused by wind and/or insects). Company specifically disclaims any warranty as to complete freedom of GMO for conventional seed produced or sold by the Company and Company specifically disclaims any warranty as to complete freedom of unintentional GMO for genetically modified seed produced or sold by the Company. By acceptance and use of the seed, buyer agrees that the Company’s liability and the buyer’s exclusive remedy for breach of any warranty or other reason (if any) shall be limited, in all events, to a return of the purchase price of the affected seed, and in no event shall the Company be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages (including damages for loss of business, loss of profits, or any similar loss) whether based on breach of contract, breach of warranty, tort (including negligence), product liability, or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. All claims must be presented within a reasonable period of time and not later than thirty (30) days after discovery. Crop yields and quality are influenced by many causes and conditions beyond the Company’s control that the Company does not warrant yield or quality. Further, any recommendations given for selection or use of the Company’s products are based upon the Company’s best knowledge and for informational purposes only, and the Company does not warrant the results to be obtained with such recommendations. Unless accepted on the foregoing terms, buyer shall return the seed in the original unopened container within 15 days of purchase for a refund of the purchase price.

SECURITY INTEREST

BRAND reserves, and the buyer grants to BRAND, a security interest in any and all delivered products in the inventory of the buyer and in all accounts receivable of the buyer arising from the sale of the BRAND products, until full payment to BRAND. Buyer agrees to execute such documents as BRAND may request in order to perfect BRAND’s security interest.

CREDIT BALANCE INFORMATION & CREDIT POLICY

The buyer may notify BRAND by June 30 that it wishes to apply any overpayment (i.e., credit balance) as an advance payment against subsequent purchases. If the buyer does not send such notification, BRAND will issue a refund check to the buyer as soon as practicable after June 30. This does not limit the buyer’s ability to specifically request a refund of an overpayment at any time. Note that payment of an early refund may impact other items, including early payment discounts and credits or qualification for various other programs or discounts offered by BRAND. A late payment charge of 1.5% per month (18% per annum), or the maximum lower rate allowed by law, will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the due date of payment, and for each month thereafter on the unpaid amount until paid in full. Notwithstanding the above, the buyer acknowledges and agrees that BRAND may, in its sole discretion, apply any payment that BRAND receives from the buyer to any past-due account that the buyer may have with AgReliant Genetics, LLC. The buyer also agrees to bear any and all expenses related to the collection of any accounts deemed past due by BRAND, including without limitation attorney fees and court costs.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: USE RESTRICTIONS

Sale of this seed is allowed only in the U.S. and through BRAND’s authorized dealers and distributors. One or more of the parental lines used to produce this seed is proprietary to or licensed to BRAND. BRAND grants to buyer a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use the seed for the sole purpose of growing a single commercial crop for the production of grain or forage for feeding or processing. Buyer agrees that it is not acquiring any rights to use the seed or any parental line(s) that may be unintentionally contained herein for any purpose other than the growing of a single commercial crop for the production of grain or forage for feeding or processing. Buyer shall not reproduce or transfer said seed or parental line(s), nor subject them (nor their pollen or any other plant part) to any breeding, research, development, biotechnology process, or any other genetic manipulation techniques, including (but not limited to) tissue culture, genetic fingerprinting or transformation techniques, sequencing, use of molecular markers or mutagenesis. The parental line(s) may also be protected under trade secret laws. Buyer further agrees that under these trade secret rights, any parental seed and the genetic material contained herein is confidential and must be maintained in confidence. Export of the seed and parental line(s) is prohibited. Further, the buyer shall ensure that any crop or material produced from this seed shall only be exported to, or used, processed or sold in countries where all necessary regulatory approvals have been granted. Unless accepted on the foregoing terms, buyer shall return the seed in the original unopened container within 15 days of purchase for a refund of the purchase price.

Precision Planting and vSet Select are registered trademarks for Precision Planting LLC.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2017 AgReliant Genetics, LLC.