Milton farmer Gary Ockels wins first place in corn yield contest

March 13, 2019

Milton farmer Gary Ockels earned a first-place state yield award in the 2018 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest. Ockels was recognized as one of the top-yielding corn producers in the nation with DEKALB DKC62-53RIB Brand Blend corn, yielding an impressive 286.75 bushels per acre in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category.

“We are proud to partner with innovative farmers who have a passion for success and a focus on high performance,” said Pete Uitenbroek, U.S. DEKALB, Asgrow and Deltapine market lead. “DEKALB continues to provide superior products with exclusive genetics, developed by our industry-leading breeding program, to help farmers across America maximize yield and profit potential.”

The contest, currently in its 53rd year, challenges farmers to achieve record-setting yields as part of its search for methods that will help farmers everywhere. With this year’s event producing 7,258 entries, it’s NCGA’s most popular program.

Ockels was among DEKALB winners who were recently recognized at the 2019 Commodity Classic held Feb. 28 to March 2 in Orlando, Fla.

In the 2018 NCGA yield contest, DEKALB farmers captured nine of the 18 national awards and 164 first-, second- and third-place awards at the state level, with 32 yielding more than 300 bushels per acre.

For more information about maximizing yield performance and to see a full list of DEKALB winners, go to or contact a local DEKALB Asgrow dealer.