365 days of dedication, commitment, hard work, and a powerful passion for farming. Working sun-up to sundown.
That’s what it takes to be a corn champion.
But there’s no “corn championship.” The winners aren’t broadcast across national television for everyone to see. So… why do our Yield Masters put in a lifetime of hard work?
A passion… for increased yields. For feeding the world. For agriculture.
But because we know they don’t like to brag about their winnings… we want to do it for them.
2022 NCGA Yield Contest Results
The 2022 growing season was nothing short of challenging, with drought-like conditions across most of the country during the heart of summer, and cool, wet conditions delaying planting near the beginning of the planting season.
Despite the adversity, our agronomy team, growers, and products earned 3 national placements and 23 state winners, representing 13 states, 7 production categories, and 6 corn hybrids.
Talk about yields that win.
Better yet, talk about exceptional agronomics that backed winning farm, nutrient, and disease/pest management plans.
Our 2022 National Yield Masters
Keeping pace with Chad, Mike Scholting took 2nd place nationally in the Conventional Non-irrigated Category with A645-16. Mike brought 322.4 bu/a, also winning the 1st place spot in Nebraska.
Coming up behind Chad and Mike was our next Yield Master, Spencer Sanderson. Spencer was ranked 3rd nationally, also with A643-52. Spencer won the No-Till Irrigated Category in Alabama with 323.8 bu/a.
A643-52 is our 113-day relative maturity hybrid that provides tremendous yield stability under variable conditions and production systems. It provides excellent tolerance to anthracnose stalk rot, southern rust, common rust, NCLB, and SCLB. Combining a top-notch agronomic package with its adaptability, this hybrid is sure to put you on the list of future Yield Masters.
- #1 Chad Henderson: 333.0 bu/a with A643-52 in the Conventional Irrigated Category
- #1 Spencer Sanderson: 323.8 bu/a with A643-52 in the No-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Stuart Sanderson: 317.6 bu/ac with A643-52 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Matt Miles: 308.4 bu/a with A647-42 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated Category
A647-42 is a 117-day relative maturity hybrid that excels in a no-till and early planting environment due to its strong emergence. It offers an excellent response to high-yield environments and management practices. Count on A647-42 to be a dual-purpose hybrid, working well for grain or silage uses. Its overall disease tolerance is high, making for an agronomically sound hybrid. For best performance, keep this hybrid on a rotated acre to maximize yield potential, like Arkansas winner Matt Miles.
- #1 Ethan Cone: 272.8 bu/a with A6659 in the No-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Dusty Cone: 276.7 bu/a with A6659 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Gary Cone: 287.2 bu/a with A6659 in the Conventional Irrigated Category
A6659 is a 116-day relative maturity hybrid that can be used for grain or silage purposes. It offers tremendous ear flex that allows planting populations to match yield potential. It is known for its ability to avoid greensnap in acres that are prone to the disease, while bringing consistent, dependable yields on a wide range of acres. A6659 is a well-rounded hybrid, allowing for excellent soil adaptability and planting application types.
- #1 Gref McClure: 304.0 bu/a with A645-16 in the No-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Dan Luepkes: 324.3 bu/a with A643-52 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated Category
A645-16 is a 115-day relative maturity hybrid that offers an excellent response to high-yield environments and management practices. For farmers experiencing high levels of NCLB, anthracnose stalk rot, physoderma stalk rot and gray leaf spot, A645-16 is a great hybrid option. With its agronomic ratings, plus exceptional late-season plant health, intactness, and standability, it’s an attractive hybrid at harvest. For best results, plant this hybrid at moderate to high populations to maximize yield potential, like Illinois winners Greg McClure and Dan Luepkes.
- #1 Brandon Cardinal: 307.5 bu/a with A6659 in the No-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Brooks Cardinal: 309.6 with A6659 in the Conventional Irrigated Category
- #1 Larry Schleisman: 298.8 bu/a with A639-70 in the Conventional Irrigated Category
A639-70 is a 109-day relative maturity hybrid that offers an exceptional combination of disease tolerance (SCLB, southern rust, Goss’s wilt) and adaptability to a variety of soil types and planting applications. To get winning yields like Larry Schleisman, be sure to plant this hybrid in higher-yielding, early planting environments to take advantage of good emergence and vigor.
- #1 Brandon Geiger: 285.4 with A645-16 in the No-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Tanner Stroup: 301.8 bu/a with A645-16 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated Category
- #1 Dennis McKay: 258.6 bu/a with A645-16 in the Conventional Irrigated Category
- #1 Eric Jager: 290.0 bu/a with A636-16 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Nick Suwyn: 303.9 bu/a with A639-70 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated Category
A636-16 is a 106-day relative maturity hybrid that can be utilized in any cropping or tillage system. Its yield response favors increased management and early planting practices due to its good emergence and vigor. In addition, it offers an exceptional disease tolerance, having top ratings against anthracnose stalk rot, physoderma stalk rot, Goss’s wilt, southern rust, and tar spot. It is well adapted across a variety of soil types for use across the country.A639-70 is a 109-day relative maturity hybrid that allows you to plant early in higher management and yielding environments to take advantage of its good emergence and vigor. It allows for early harvest and has a high response to foliar fungicide applications. Along with its response to fungicide, its disease tolerance offers high ratings against southern rust and SCLB.
- #1 Jonathan Borges: 302.4 bu/a with A645-16 in the No-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Daniel Brooks: 238.9 bu/a with A6659 in the Conventional Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Justin Hurt: 238.6 bu/a with A6659 in the No-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Anna Hurt: 227.1 bu/a with A6659 in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Mike Scholting: 322.4 bu/a with A645-16 in the Conventional Non-Irrigated Category
- #1 Jeff Dawson: 250.3 bu/a with A647-42 in the Conventional Non-Irrigated Category
Now that the results are published and the new year has begun, now is the time to finalize any seed orders you haven’t placed yet and make your management plan for 2023.
Yields that win come with dedication from farmers like our Yield Masters. Combining AgriGold’s top-of-the-line genetics and exceptional service sure helped, too. Reach out to your AgriGold agronomist for more information on the winning hybrids from the NCGA Yield Contest that you’ll want to get your hands on. And for more information about the 2022 Yield Contest and winners, head to the NCGA website.