Farmers who chose AgriGold corn hybrids captured 6 national awards and 50 state level awards in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) 55th annual 2019 National Corn Yield Contest announced today. AgriGold’s 56 combined national and state contest winners across 17 states, 9 production categories and 15 hybrids had verified yields averaging more than 296 bushels per acre, compared to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service projected national yield average of 169.5 bushels per acre for 2019.
At the national level, the AgriGold brand won three first, one second and two third place yields. Bridget Dowdy, Dustin Dowdy and Michelle Dowdy-Deese of Valdosta, GA took three national place spots.
NCGA Yield Contest national winners featuring AgriGold elite corn hybrids:
- Bridget Dowdy from Valdosta, GA won first place Conventional Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 552.9674 bu./acre with A6499STX.
- Dustin Dowdy from Valdosta, GA won first place No-Till Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 432.0448 bu./acre with A641-54 VT2PRO.
- Ben Price from Chillicothe, MO won first place Conventional Non-Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 323.0605 bu./acre with A6572 VT2RIB.
- Justin Borges from Marshall, MO won second place No-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 310.462 bu./acre with A646-12 VT2PRO.
- Jonathan Borges from Marshall, MO won third place No-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 305.0827 bu./acre with A6659 VT2RIB.
- Michelle Dowdy-Deese from Valdosta, GA won third place Conventional Irrigated Class with a verified yield of 393.0513 bu./acre with A641-06 VT2PRO.
John Kermicle, AgriGold Brand Manager, said these impressive results can be attributed to the high yield potential of AgriGold’s elite genetics and advanced trait technology, the farmer’s knowledge and skills, and the in-field support customers receive from AgriGold’s agronomic team. “I’d like to congratulate each of these winners and all 155 of AgriGold contest participants,” said Kermicle. “It’s no secret 2019 was a year full of challenges, but their boldness and determination are why they’re here. Anyone who sets out to push performance and increase yields deserves to be recognized.”
The National Corn Yield Contest is an annual contest available to all NCGA members that gives corn growers the opportunity to compete alongside other farmers to grow the most corn per acre. The contest was created to encourage the development of new, sustainable and innovative management practices resulting in higher yields and to show the importance of using sound cultural practices in corn production — while helping to feed and fuel the world. AgriGold is looking forward to honoring all winners during the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.