DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. ― Ten farmers throughout Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin who planted Golden Harvest® corn hybrids earned top honors in the 2022 National Corn Yield Contest. Including two first-place victors, the farmers won 10 places across five different irrigation and production types nationwide in the annual contest conducted by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
The top finishers included:
- Jack Shissler from Canton, Illinois, won third place in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category for Illinois with Golden Harvest corn G15J91-V brand with a yield of 302.2672 bu/A.
- Nathan Baker from Waldron, Michigan, won second place in the Conventional Irrigated category for Michigan with Golden Harvest corn G12S75-D brand with a yield of 281.5891 bu/A.
- Cole Baker from Ashton, Nebraska, won second place in the Conventional Non-Irrigated category for Nebraska with Golden Harvest corn G10L16-DV brand with a yield of 208.8882 bu/A.
- Lance and Kemp MaKeeff from Minot, North Dakota, won second place in the No-Till Irrigated category for North Dakota with Golden Harvest corn G80Q01-V brand with a yield of 185.6179 bu/A.
- Murray Pfau from Upham, North Dakota, won third place in the No-Till Non-Irrigated category for North Dakota with Golden Harvest corn G80Q01-V brand with a yield of 167.7520 bu/A.
- Chris Hoffman from Williston, North Dakota, won third place in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated category for North Dakota with Golden Harvest corn G84J92-AA brand with a yield of 126.1335 bu/A.
- Steve Knorr from Coleharbor, North Dakota, won third place in the Conventional Irrigated category for North Dakota with Golden Harvest corn G80Q01-V brand with a yield of 205.3230 bu/A.
- Ben Turzinski from Almond, Wisconsin, won first place in the No-Till Irrigated category for Wisconsin with Golden Harvest corn G02K39-AA brand with a yield of 263.0799 bu/A.
- John Stasiak from Holmen, Wisconsin, won first place in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated category for Wisconsin with Golden Harvest corn G11V76-D brand with a yield of 233.2296 bu/A.
- Brad and Dave Luck from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, won third place in the Strip, Min, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated category for Wisconsin with Golden Harvest corn G03R40-DV brand with a yield of 196.7768 bu/A.
“Our hats are off to our farmer customers who achieved award-winning corn yields this year through the right combination of genetics, environment and management,” said Andy Ackley, Golden Harvest corn portfolio manager ― East. “By pairing the farmers’ management expertise and willingness to try new agronomic practices with our corn hybrids, which bring broad adaptability, high yield potential, solid agronomics and great late-season health, these farmers have been able to push the boundaries on yield performance and profit potential.”
Jack Shissler, who operates Shissler Farms in Canton, Illinois, recently switched to Golden Harvest corn hybrids. He says Golden Harvest corn G15J91-V brand was the cream of his crop this year.
“I grew G15J91-V two years ago in a test plot; and after it won my plot by a landslide against competitors, I couldn’t wait to plant it again this year,” said Shissler, a sixth-generation farmer. “The corn had a perfect stand throughout the season. I never saw one stalk bent over the whole harvest. I’ll be upping how much I plant again in 2023. My results are definitely turning heads in my area. Coming from my family, who owned a seed company for 50 years, this is a big deal. It was very good corn for me this year, and I believe in it.”
Shissler says the support he receives from his Golden Harvest team helped him achieve winning results.
“They know my fields as well as I know them, and they have the technology to make management more precise,” explained Shissler. “For example, one time I wondered about a corn population; and they flew a drone, took 10 samples and had the exact population. It’s great to have this support and technology available in my back pocket.”
Farmers who plant Golden Harvest corn hybrids benefit from a powerful combination of elite genetics, strong agronomics and industry-leading corn traits to fit each farm’s unique needs, in addition to customized service from local Golden Harvest Seed Advisors.
To learn more about Golden Harvest corn and discover which hybrids are right for your fields, visit www.GameChangingCorn.com.
To find better solutions for your corn and soybean acres, contact a Golden Harvest Seed Advisor at www.GoldenHarvestSeeds.com.
About Golden Harvest
Golden Harvest Seeds has been working with and listening to farmers with intention since 1973, offering in-depth seeds expertise combined with the local agronomic know-how of an independent Golden Harvest Seed Advisor to help identify custom solutions for every corn and soybean acre. Today, each Golden Harvest hybrid or variety is bred with the individual needs of hardworking farmers in mind. Golden Harvest corn hybrids feature elite genetics with proven performance and the most complete above- and below-ground insect control solutions with Duracade™ and Viptera™ trait stacks. Golden Harvest soybean varieties include the industry’s broadest trait choice and exclusive genetics that set a new standard for performance and yield potential.