Of course it’s a special field and it received all the love and tender care Hula could possibly lavish on it, but still 616 bushels per acre is not too shabby.
The National Corn Growers Association announced their 2019 yield contest winner. Virginia farmer David Hula set the highest yield on record with 616 bushels per acre. In doing so, he broke the standing world record of 542 bushels per acre which Hula himself set in 2017. This is the fourth time Hula has set the world record.
The 27 winners in nine categories had verified yields averaging more than 383 bushels per acre. The projected national average for 2019 is 167 bushels per acre. There were many impressive yields across all categories, despite adverse growing conditions that impacted most farmers. The consensus of opinion was that improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices allowed some growers to achieve good yields.
Although none of his regular production fields see these kinds of record yields, Hula generally grows an above average crop overall, employing every aspect of the latest technology. For example, he applies BASF’s Headline AMP fungicide. This year Hula also used the new BASF Veltyma fungicide on the record-breaking field.
BASF technical marketing manager Josh Miller said, “As we continue to remove limiting factors like soil pH, nutrients and other pests, plant health is proving to be an essential part of high yields in row crops.”
For more than half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, giving participants not only the recognition they deserve but the opportunity to learn from their peers.