Northwest farmers won several top honors in the National Corn Growers Association's National Corn Yield Contest for 2018.
At the national level, Nolan Mills, of Boardman, Ore., took first place in the no-till/strip-till irrigated category, growing a DuPont Pioneer hybrid seed that yielded more than 360 bushels per acre.
The average yield for irrigated corn in Oregon was 209 bushels per acre in 2013, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Second place in the no-till/strip-till irrigated category went to Roger Danz, of Mesa, Wash., who yielded 354 bushels per acre. Dean Harris, of Umatilla, Ore., took third place with 343 bushels per acre.
Mike Moyle, who farms west of Boise, Idaho, also won second place in the national irrigated category, with 351 bushels per acre. That was a distant second to the top grower, Don Stall of Michigan, whose field yielded 477 bushels per acre. Both farmers grew a Pioneer hybrid seed.
State awards are also given out to growers in six production categories, including irrigated and non-irrigated. Roger Zylstra, chairman of the National Corn Growers Association's Stewardship Action Team, said contest winners at the state and national levels find innovative ways to help their fellow farmers succeed.
"Emphasizing innovation both from growers and technology providers, our contest enables us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber," Zylstra said.
The 2018 contest drew 7,258 entries from across the country. Winners were recently honored at the 2019 Commodity Classic, which was held Feb. 28 to March 2 in Orlando, Fla.