Many of our participants this year broke their own personal records in corn production. And this came in a year where there was potential to lock in record prices as well. Ten years ago, the yields in the corn club averaged 165 bu/acre with 3.8% down and 2.9 % barren stalks. This year they averaged 219 bu/acre with only 2.2% down and 1.7% barren, with a plant population 4000 plants more per acre. Many of the top yielding entrants used management practices we have documented in the past: modest N rates adjusted for manure or previous crops, relatively high plant populations at or above 30,000 plants per acre, no-tillage or minimum tillage, early planting, sidedress fertilizer applications and superior hybrids. One change we have noticed this year is the increased use of fungicide as 11 of our 65 entrants treated their fields. A special recognition in our program goes to those producers who achieved three year awards for production averaging from 222 to 281 bu/acre over three years—a phenomenal achievement.
Congratulations to all the producers who participated in this year's program. Many thanks are due to the extension educators and crop consultants who help collect the yield and cultural information for the club. Also, a special thanks is due to Mark Antle in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences for his diligent work in pulling this report together.
Greg W. Roth, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Penn State
2008 Champions of the 5-Acre Corn Club.
5 Acre Corn Club Champions for 2008—3 Year Average Yield.
A summary of the results, ordered by county, of the Five-Acre Corn Club including management practices of the participants.