Virginia farmer breaks record in 2019 NCGA Corn Yield Contest

Virginia Farmer David Hula set the highest yield on record at 616 bushels per acre in the National Corn Growers Association 2019 National Corn Yield Contest.

“In the back of my mind I knew it was achievable, I just didn’t know we would achieve it so soon,” he says. “That’s credit to management and the good lord lining all the stars up and giving us the sunlight and temperatures we needed to accomplish our goal.”

He placed first in the strip, minimum, mulch, ridge-till irrigated category while setting the world record.

This is the fourth time Hula has set the world record and the fifth time since 2012 he’s taken first place in the contest.

“I think the biggest reason I continue to do it is just so I get to visit and talk with all these people,” he says. “I’ve learned from growers all over this country and the contest has opened my door and given me opportunities.”

Hula says the right genetics and equipment have helped him improve productivity and profitability.

“We started using a SoilWarrior strip till and nutrient placement system two years ago,” he says. “Once we get the soil right and right genetics we go and plant it, manage the crop to the utmost potential, and then stick the combine in the field and start seeing yields I’ve only coveted before.”

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 55th year. There were 27 national winners in nine production categories. Bridget Dowdy of Georgia had the second highest yield at 553 bushels per acre.

The winners will be honored during the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

Audio: David Hula, Virginia Farmer

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