Crop champs share high yield secrets
Even with yields that crush the national average, champion corn and soybean growers admit they usually come away with more questions than answers about what goes into their record-breaking crop yields.
“We’ve been studying corn for 150 years. It’s amazing how little we know,” said Virginia farmer David Hula, who set a new record in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) yield contest in 2019 with a yield average of 616 bushels per acre. Hula joined Randy Dowdy of Georgia, Cory Atley of Ohio and Jena and Levi Ochsner of Nebraska to talk about their record-breaking yields during a panel discussion hosted by BASF at the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio.
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