Pennsylvania Five Acre Corn Club

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Updated: August 8, 2017

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Pennsylvania Five Acre Corn Club

The purpose of the club is to provide an opportunity for corn producers and advisers to share information about intensive corn production in the state of Pennsylvania and to recognize those individuals who have achieved the highest yields in the state each year.

Please note the rules carefully.

2017 Rules

  • Identify the field and harvest class at the time of entry
  • There are five regions across the state that represent different production zones. See the map of the regions below on the website for the counties included on each region.
  • Fill out the PA Corn Club Harvest form and send it in before the due date with the entry fee.

As it is the intent to encourage and simplify participation in both the Pennsylvania Five Acrea Corn Club and NCGA contest, a entry for the National Corn Growers Contest will be accepted as an entry for the Pennsylvania Five Acre Corn Club provided that:

  • The entry fee for the PA Corn Club has been paid as stated below
  • A copy of the harvest report form for the NCGA contest including a signature of the harvest supervisor is submitted
  • Section 1 of the PA Corn Club Harvest form is completed and submitted

Important: Participation in the PA 5 Acre Corn Club does not change the rules that must be followed for the NCGA contest if you harvest the same field for both. (i.e.minimum field size, one single field, harvest pattern)

Details

  1. A corn club entry must be from a field at least five acres in size of one corn hybrid that is commercially sold in Pennsylvania. Where a field is split into multiple contour strips, the strips can be combined to total at least five acres.
  2. Fill out the Entry Form. The entry fee for the club is $35. Payment should be made by check, it should be made payable to Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association and sent to PA Corn Growers Association c/o Martin Krone, 62 Mount View Ave., Fayetteville, PA 17222 by July 1, 2017. The fee for entries received between July 1 and August 1 is $40. No entries will be accepted after August 1, 2017.
  3. The club is open to any Pennsylvania corn producer who is 14 years or older as of July 1 of current year. Only one entry is allowed for an individual. Entries are limited to two per farming operation.
  4. All machine harvest yields will be determined by harvesting with machine and weighing the resulting grain on a certified scale. Samples for determining moisture content are to be placed in moisture proof bags at time of harvest. The moisture percent must be determined within 24 hours.
  5. Yields will be obtained from an area that totals 1.25 acres. The harvest area cannot include the outside 4 rows of the field or the end rows of the field. To sample a field the entrant will harvest one pass, then skip a pass and then harvest another pass until the required 1.25 acres is harvested. If a re-check is required (see #8), the skipped rows and enough additional adjacent rows to make 1.25 acres must be left standing until the re-check is done.
  6. The row length of each harvest pass or sample should be measured with a tape or measuring wheel. The row widths of should be based on the spacing of planter units. Guess rows between passes should be similar (within 10 inches) to the row spacing of the planter.
  7. An independent harvest supervisor should be appointed to certify the yields. The harvest supervisor should not have a financial interest or have direct ties to a company that sells agri-business input supplies.
  8. If the initial yield measurement is 290 bu/ac or more, a re-check of the yield must be done with two supervisors submitted on a second harvest form. The yield measured in the re-check will be the official yield.
  9. Enrollee must furnish all labor to harvest, weigh, and prepare samples for determining moisture content. These operations must be done in the presence of the official or officials certifying the yields.
  10. Awards will be made for the two highest yields in each region. Awards will also be made the top three awards overall.

PA Five Acre Corn Club Production Regions

This year our yields were off a bit compared to previous years due to some weather factors. Nevertheless, our 37 members averaged 239.8 bushels/acre with a final stand of 32,840 plants/per acre.

This year we made some changes in the club to reflect the desires of the PA Corn Growers. We separated all entries into five different regions in the state. We also discontinued the tillage and the three year awards. So you will find the report looks a bit different this year. We also made a few changes to our formatting. Yields in each region of the state were impressive, with each averaging 220 bushels or more. Some areas of the state had a period of drought stress in late June and early July, which may have capped our yields.

The top yield this year was 287.3 bushels/acre. We continued our survey of cultural practices and as in the past found that most folks are planting at 1.75 to 2 inches deep. We also found that 47% of the entrants this year used a fungicide. We also found that other proven yield practices are common, such as crop rotation (81%), manure application (59%) and sidedressing (76%). We also found that 70% of our entries were no-till this year.

Congratulations again to all the producers who participated in this year's program. Many thanks are due to the extension educators and crop consultants who helped collect the yield and cultural information for the club. Also, a special thanks is due to Austin Kirt and Mark Antle in the Department of Plant Science for their diligent work in pulling this report together.

~Greg W. Roth, Department of Plant Science, Penn State

2016 State Averages

2016 State AveragesEntriesBushels/
Acre
Grain Moisture% Down% BarrenPlant Population
Shelled Corn No-till26239.021.81.5%1.8%33,235
Shelled Corn Tilled11241.522.01.3%2.9%31,810
Average239.821.91.4%2.1%32,840
Total Entries37

Award Classes

  1. Shelled Corned tilled class, harvest sample 1.25 acres minimum
  2. Shelled Corned no-till class, harvest sample 1.25 acres minimum

Complete 2016 Five Acre Corn Club Report(PDF)

This year was yet another in a string of record years for the producers in the 5 Acre Corn Club.

This year, yields averaged over 262 bushels per acre, up from 250 last year with 3 entries over 300 bu/acre. This year's yields caused the average annual yield increase to grow to 4.3 bushels per acre/year for the past twenty years, which is about twice the state average. Weather conditions were near ideal with little moisture stress throughout the season and few days with temperatures in the 90's, but a good amount of growing degree days in most areas.

2015 State Averages

EntriesBushels/
Acre
Grain
Moisture
%
Down
%
Barren
Plant
Population
Shelled Corn Tilled17256.519.71.92.431,372
Shelled Corn No-till28264.921.31.12.631,312
Average261.720.71.42.631,333
Total Entries45

Award Classes

  1. Shelled Corn Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  2. Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  3. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn Tilled Class
  4. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class

Complete 2015 Five Acre Corn Club Report(PDF)

This was another in a string of record years for the producers in the 5 Acre Corn Club. This year, yields averaged over 250 bushels per acre, up from 237 last year. Corn yields have been increasing for club members at just about 4 bushels per acre/ year for the past twenty years, which is about twice the state average. Conditions were great for corn production this year with little moisture stress during the entire season. Planting was delayed a bit in some areas and there were few days with temperatures in the 90s. These factors may have limited heat units and yields for some participants in central and western PA.

2014 State Averages

EntriesBushels/
Acre
Grain
Moisture
%
Down
%
Barren
Plant
Population
Shelled Corn Tilled17245.921.21.41.931472
Shelled Corn No-till28252.823.11.13.631730
Average250.222.41.22.931629
Total Entries45

Award Classes

  1. Shelled Corn Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  2. Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  3. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn Tilled Class
  4. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class

Complete 2014 Five Acre Corn Club Report(PDF)

This was another record breaking year for the Corn Club, with yields averaging 236.9 bushels per acre. There was a time when 200 bushels per acre was a top yield but this year only 4 of the 54 entries were less than 200 bushels. The 2013 Corn Club is a testament to our growers commitment to striving for higher yields. Our records indicated that corn club yields have been growing at about 3.7 bushels per acre per year, almost twice the growth rate of average yields in the state which are increasing at 2.0 bushels per acre.

2013 State Averages

EntriesBushels/
Acre
Grain
Moisture
%
Down
%
Barren
Plant
Population
Shelled Corn Tilled20240.221.91.31.731254
Shelled Corn No-till34234.921.52.61.530797
Average236.921.62.11.530966
Total Entries54

Award Classes

  1. Shelled Corn Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  2. Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 minimum
  3. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn Tilled Class
  4. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn No-Tilled Class

2013 Champions

Shelled Corn No-till

1st Marlyn Shaffer 788 Hamlin Highway, Lake Ariel, PA Wayne County

Hybrid: Pioneer P0987
Population: 32409
Yield: 273.8

2nd Herman Manbeck 520 School Road, Womelsdorf, PA Berks County

Hybrid: Pioneer P1319HR
Population: 35545
Yield: 271.3

3rd A. Dale Herr P.O. Box 82, Kirkwood, PA Lancaster County

Hybrid: Pioneer P1339AMI
Population: 30144
Yield: 270.5

Shelled Corn Tilled

1st Glenn Krall 180 Schaffer Road, Lebanon, PA Lebanon County

Hybrid: Pioneer P1319HR
Population: 33000
Yield: 263.2

2nd John Frederick 1292 Street Rd., New Hope, PA Bucks County

Hybrid: Growmark FS FS62R26VT3P
Population: 33171
Yield: 262.8

3rd Linda Krall 180 Schaffer Road, Lebanon, PA Lebanon County

Hybrid: Pioneer P1498HR
Population: 35000
Yield: 261.3

2013 Three year Average Champions (2011-2013)

Shelled Corn No-till Class

1st Carl Shaffer P.O. Box 2, Mifflinville, PA Columbia County
Hybrid: Pioneer P1498HR

2011: 203.1
2012: 272.0
2013: 262.4
Avg.: 245.8 Bu/Acre

2nd A. Dale Herr P.O. Box 82, Kirkwood, PA Lancaster County
Hybrid: Pioneer P1339AMI

2011: 234.8
2012: 223.0
2013: 270.5
Avg.: 242.7 Bu/Acre

3rd Kristen Grumbine 726 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Lebanon, PA Lebanon County
Hybrid: DEKALB DKC64-69

2011: 220.0
2012: 222.3
2013: 252.1
Avg.: 231.5 Bu/Acre

Shelled Corn Tilled Class

1st John Frederick 1292 Street Road, New Hope, PA Bucks County
Hybrid: Growmark FS62R26VT3P

2011: 210.9
2012: 201.8
2013: 262.8
Avg.: 225.2 Bu/Acre

2nd David Schantz 1913 Woodside Ave., Alburtis, PA Berks County
Hybrid: Pioneer P34F97

2011: 158.3
2012: 239.1
2013: 251.5
Avg.: 216.3 Bu/Acre

3rd Brian Fulmer 653 Jones Hill Rd., Pen Argyl, PA Northampton County
Hybrid: Hubner H4744RC2P

2011: 212.4
2012: 190.9
2013: 239.5
Avg.: 214.3 Bu/Acre

2013 Cultural Practice Summary

Management FactorEntriesBu/A%H2OPopulation%Down%Barren
Manured Fields:
No
24222.420.7300531.5%1.9%
Manured Fields: Yes30248.422.3317352.7%1.3%
Previous Crop:
Soybeans
36233.721.6307082.6%1.6%
Previous Crop:
Corn
12245.421.7316700.8%1.4%
Previous Crop:
Hay (all types)
2240.924.8341982.3%1.1%
Previous Crop:
Wheat
2241.721.5289650.4%1.3%
Previous Crop:
misc
2233.219.8309550.6%2.0%
Tillage: No-till30234.921.5307972.6%1.5%
Tillage: Tilled17240.221.9312541.3%1.7%
Avg. all club members
236.821.7309612.1%1.5%


Average Nitrogen (lb/acre) from fertilizer:
174
(does not include manure and previous crop credits)

Percentage of fields receiving a sidedress N application: 72%

Average sidedress N application (lb/A): 113

Percentage of fields receiving a foliar fungicide application: 52%

Percentage of fields receiving a row or seed insecticide:

Previous crop = corn: 38%
Previous crop = soybeans: 47%

Percentage of fields receiving manure: 56%

Total corn acres grown by participants:

19354 (98% of entrants reporting)

This was a great year again for many corn club members, who achieved some of their highest yields in their career. It was also rewarding for those of us who participated in the yield checks to be part of such successful examples of crop production.

One of our contestants, Dave Wolfskill, topped the 300 bushel level this year with yield of 318 bushels per acre. That was really a special achievement.

2012 State Averages
EntriesBushels/
Acre
Grain
Moisture
%
Down
%
Barren
Plant
Population
Shelled Corn Tilled17199.522.12.62.829123
Shelled Corn No-till30218.620.91.92.931423
Average209.121.52.22.830273
Total Entries47

Award Classes

  1. Shelled Corn Tilled Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 Acres Minimum
  2. Shelled Corn No-till Class, Harvest Sample 1.25 Acres Minimum
  3. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn - Tilled Class
  4. 3 Year Average Shelled Corn No-till Class

2012 Champions

2012 Champions--Shelled Corn No-till
PlaceNameCountyAddressHybridPopulationYield (bu/ac)
1stDavid M. WolfskillBerksWernersville, PADEKALB DKC64-6933106318.8
2ndCarl T. ShafferColumbiaMifflinville, PAPioneer P1395XR30292272.0
3rdPinehurst Acres
(Stanley and Richard Crone)
NorthumberlandDanville, PAChannel 212-09STXRIB31243258.0
2012 Champions--Shelled Corn Tilled
PlaceNameCountyAddressHybridPopulationYield (bu/ac)
1stD. Richard SnyderLycomingMontoursville, PAPioneer P1498HR32053262.2
2ndScott SnyderLycomingMontoursville, PADEKALB DKC63-8431877250.5
3rdDwight ZookBerksOley, PAPioneer PO965XR29667240.7

2012 Champions - Three year average (2010-2012)

5 Acre Corn Club Champions for 2012--No-till
Shelled Corn -- No-till Class
PlaceNameCountyAddress3 Year Average Yield (bu/ac)Hybrid (2012)
1stDarren GrumbineLebanonLebanon, PA226.1DEKALB DKC64-69
2ndFred RanckLancasterStrausburg, PA224.1Hubner H5609VT3P
3rdA. Dale HerrLancasterKirkwood, PA223.6Pioneer P1395XR
5 Acre Corn Club Champions for 2012--Tilled
Shelled Corn -- Tilled Class
PlaceNameCountyAddress3 Year Average Yield (bu/ac)Hybrid (2012)
1stRobert RookBucksIvyland, PA202.0Pioneer P1745XR
2ndDavid SchantzBerksAlburtis, PA200.4Pioneer 33F85
3rdJohn FrederickBucksNew Hope, PA197.4FS 6313VT3P

2012 Shelled Corn Rankings to Tenth Place

Harvest Class: Shelled Corn - No-till
30 Eligible
Yield (Bu/A @ 15.5%)
FarmerBu/APlants/ABrandHybridCounty
1David M. Wolfskill318.833106DEKALBDKC64-69Berks
2Carl T. Shaffer272.030292PioneerP1395XRColumbia
3Stanley & Richard Crone258.031243Channel212-09STXRIBNorthumberland
4J. Martin Harnish251.5DEKALBDKC62-54Lancaster
5Connie Manbeck248.338099PioneerP1184AMBerks
6Dennis Gemmill244.932795PioneerP1184AM1York
7Darren Grumbine244.234064DEKALBDKC64-69Lebanon
8Brian J. Kreider239.331363PioneerP1498HRLebanon
9Herman Manbeck239.335884PioneerP1339AM1Berks
10Robert Buser235.130542PioneerP1184AM1York
Average255.133043
Harvest Class: Shelled Corn - Tilled
17 Eligible
Yield (Bu/A @ 15.5%)
FarmerBu/APlants/ABrandHybridCounty
1D. Richard Snyder262.232053PioneerP1498HRLycoming
2Scott Snyder250.531877DEKALBDKC63-84Lycoming
3Dwight Zook240.729667PioneerP0965XRBerks
4Jeff Morse239.825509Doebler's586YXRBradford
5David Schantz239.127927Pioneer33F85Berks
6Linda Krall232.832060PioneerP1498HRLebanon
7Robert Rook214.027913PioneerP1745XRBucks
8John Frederick201.832169Growmark FSFS6313VT3PBucks
9Robert Fulmer199.929040HubnerH6555RCSSNorthampton
10Rick Telesz192.829040Growmark FSFS5565Lawrence
Average227.429726

Instructors

Grain crop management Corn management and hybrid evaluation Corn silage management Soybean management and variety evaluation Winter wheat management and variety evaluation Winter barley management and variety evaluation Interseeding cover crops in corn and soybeans

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