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National Corn Yield Contest winners announced

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2013 National Corn Yield Contest. Entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of 454 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.

The 49th annual yield contest had 8,827 entries this year, surpassing the previous record of 8,431 entries in 2011. The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 354.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 160.4 bushels per acre in 2013.

The all-time high yield record of 454 bushels per acre was set by David Hula of Charles City, Va. The four other national entrants recording yields of more than 400 bushels per acre were: Johnny Hula of Charles City, Va.; Double ‘SA’ Farms Inc. of Hart, Texas; Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Ga.; and Dowdy Farms/Curtis Davis/Renato Lamas of Valdosta, Ga.

For a complete list of winners, visit