The National Corn Growers Association announced Monday that the organization, NAPI, yielded the most corn per acre in the state of New Mexico in 2012. It is the second year in a row that NAPI has won the award.
Corn growers from around the country have entered the association's crop yield competition for nearly a half century.
With about 17,000 acres for corn, NAPI produced about 288 bushels per acre, which equated to about 95,000 tons of corn last year, according to Albert Etcitty, corn crop manager for NAPI.
NAPI won in both the "no-till/strip-till irrigated" and the "conventionally irrigated" categories in New Mexico.
"It's a lot of work — teamwork. God, I had a lot of people," Etcitty said.
The corn primarily goes toward companies that produce dog food or raise livestock.
"It's feeding the world," Etcitty said.
The National Corn Growers Association had an interesting selection of entrants too. While overall crop yield was poor nationally, and has been since 2009 because of widespread drought, entrants did exceptionally well.
The average national crop yield last year was about 123.4 bushels per acre, compared to 164.7 in 2009.
Yet, many entrants this year far surpassed 300 bushels per acre, which is noteworthy by the association's standards. Most years, the association sees only about 25 entrants pass the 300-mark. In 2012, 75 passed it.
"People work very hard at this," said Cathryn Wojcicki, a spokeswoman for the association. "It's about soil, timing and innovation. It's very custom."
The highest crop yields in the entire competition were from Charles City, Va., with a reported 384.36 bushels per acre; Valdosta, Ga., with a reported 372.34 bushels per acre; and Walsh, Colo., with a reported 362.14 bushels per acre.
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