OHIO — Eric Heaton of Ohio, Ill., recently won second place in the AA Non-Irrigated Division of the 2013 National Corn Growers’ Association’s (NCGA) Corn Yield Contest in Illinois. Heaton won with Pioneer brand hybrid P1360HR, which yielded 294 bushels per acre.
Heaton earned one of the 266 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer hybrids. The NCGA awarded 433 state titles in this year’s contest. Growers planting Pioneer hybrids dominated the contest and won 61 percent of all state awards presented.
The NCGA Corn Yield contest is an annual U.S. national competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today’s corn hybrids. Growers compete in six corn production classes, including non-irrigated (A and AA), no-till/strip-till non-irrigated (A and AA), irrigated and no-till/strip-till irrigated classes.
“Each year, we continue to see growers planting Pioneer corn hybrids succeed in the NCGA Corn Yield contest, and we’re thrilled that these growers choose Pioneer products for these winning yields,” says DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler. “These results continue to demonstrate the impressive yield potential that Pioneer genetics bring to our customers, and it also demonstrates what growers can achieve by planting the right product on the right acre.
“We’re excited about the diversity of hybrids represented in this year’s contest by growers planting Pioneer products,” he says. “It shows that Pioneer is advancing hybrids locally to help growers succeed across diverse environments.”