The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association is accepting entries for the annual Wisconsin Corn Yield Contest. Organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices, the contest highlights the importance of using sound agronomic practices in Wisconsin corn production systems.
To be eligible, entrants must be a WCGA member in good standing and the contest entry must be from a field of corn 10 or more acres in size of one variety. The contest area may be any shape, but the contest plot must be a total of 1.25 or more harvested acres.
Winners will be selected from six geographical divisions — the Northern and Southern divisions plus four county-specific divisions. The county-specific divisions are based on active county corn grower associations and include Columbia County, Dodge-Fond Du Lac, Juneau-Adams-Marquette and Rock. In total, there are six eligible divisions that will award cash prizes to the first- ($500), second- ($250) and third-place ($100) winners. The winning entry will have the highest corn yield based on bushels per acre. In the event of a tie, both entrants will be recognized as co-winners.
A supervisor is still required to oversee all computations and field measurements during harvest, weighing (gross and tare) and moisture testing, although, the supervisor eligibility requirements have been expanded per the official contest rules. The supervisor will require the entrant to run their combine and any transfer augers to be certain they are empty before harvesting the contest area. Additionally, all wagons or trucks will be checked to make certain they are empty.
Measuring wheels will be allowed for all measurements this year. New for 2019, active county organizations will only be able to have winners announced if they have had at least two meetings during the calendar year.
The entrant is responsible for mailing the information, which must be postmarked, emailed or faxed by Dec. 31. No late entries will be accepted. There is no entry fee. To enter, visit www.wicorn.org/growers/corn-yield-contest. Completed forms may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 262-372-3289 or mailed to Wisconsin Corn Growers Association at W226 N5956 Lynwood Drive, Lisbon, WI 53089. Winners will be announced at the annual meeting during Corn/Soy Expo.