Purdy man takes home national honors

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Purdy corn grower has been named one of 18 national winners at the 2012 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.

Kip Cullers, of Purdy, placed third in the no till/strip till irrigated class with a yield of 322.7158 bushels per acre using Pioneer hybrid P2088HR.

The competition included 8,263 growers from 46 states, consisted of eight classes, and in the national competition, three places awarded per class.

Cullers took first place in the irrigated class in state competition with a yield of 333.5174 bushels per acre. The average yield among national winners was 316.3 bushels per acre.

Cullers also took second place in no till/strip till irrigated class in state competition with a yield of 311.8028 bushels per acre.

He was one of 421 state winners in the national contest.

"Despite the fact that 2012 was a challenging production year, individual growers continued to provide a showcase for American production agriculture," said Garry Niemeyer, Auburn, Ill., the National Corn Growers Association chairman. "While the national corn yield average declined more than 24 bushels per acre in 2012, the average yield in this year's contest actually increased by more than three bushels per acre as compared to 2011."

Farmers are encouraged to utilize new, efficient production techniques in their business.

Winners were recognized on March 1 at the 2013 Commodity Classic, a tradeshow for the United States corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat industries, held in Kissimmee, Fla.

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