Milton farmer Gary Ockels earned a first-place state award in the 2019 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest. Ockels is honored as one of the highest corn yield producers in the nation with Dekalb DK64-35RIB brand blend corn, yielding an outstanding 320.10 bushels per acre in the G: No-Till Irrigated category.
Seaford farmer Brian Tull earned a first-place state award in the 2019 contest with Dekalb DKC65-95RIB Brand Blend corn, yielding an exceptional 312.93 bushels per acre in the I: Conventional Irrigated category.
“It’s truly an honor Gary and Brian choose to partner with the Dekalb brand in the quest for high yields,” said Pete Uitenbroek, Dekalb Asgrow Deltapine brand marketing lead. “It was a tough year, but farmers can choose to have the best foundation possible by planting products with exclusive genetics and consistent performance.”
Currently in its 55th year, the contest challenges farmers to achieve record-setting yields as part of its search for management practies that can help farmers everywhere. This year’s event produced 7,454 entries.
Ockels was among Dekalb winners recently recognized at the 2020 Commodity Classic held Feb. 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas.
In the 2019 contest, Dekalb farmers captured eight of the 27 national awards and 182 first- to third-place awards at the state level, 31 of which yielded 300 bushels per acre or higher.