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Hartselle corn grower named state winner of national yield contest  

Special to the Enquirer  

America’s corn farmers proved, once again, they are resilient, innovative and competitive. By adapting practices, adopting new technology and doing-more-with-less, America’s corn farmers made great contributions in helping to feed and fuel a growing world.  

Hartselle corn grower Forrest Anders was one of 538 state winners nationwide. The 2022 contest participation included 6,337 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 27 growers – three from each of nine classes – were named national winners, representing 12 states. 

Anders placed first in the state in the A:Conventional Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 203.5514 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer P2089VYHR. 

The average yield among national winners was more than 340.7245 bushels per acre – more than double the projected 2022 U.S. average of 172 bushels per acre. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers’ overall production categories topped 262.7586 bushels per acre.  

“Year after year, farmer participants contribute to building a better crop for tomorrow. By exploring adaption, innovation and the tools new technologies offer, farmers sharpen their game and set new standards for the industry”, said Tom Hagg, a Minnesota Farmer and current President of the National Corn Growers Association. “One thing I know about corn farmers is how much they love to push themselves to be their best. The 2022 NCYC winners’ class is no exception, this group grew corn like champions.”  

All 2022 contest winners were invited to attend the 2023 Commodity Classic held March 9-11, 2023, in Orlando, FL. For a complete list of winners and for more information about NCYC, visit the NCGA website at  

The National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 members, 50 affiliated state corn grower and checkoff organizations, and more than 300,000 corn farmers who contribute to state checkoff programs.