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Litch produces top corn yield in east central Kansas

An Osage County farmer produced the top corn yield in the east central district of the Kansas Corn Yield Contest. Robert Litch, Melvern, Kan., was the first place winner in dryland corn in District 8, producing 276.1 bushels per acre in a field planted with Pioneer P1464AML corn variety.

Despite drought impacting many areas of the state, the 2022 Kansas Corn and K-State yield contest remained highly competitive. Litch’s dryland crop’s yield also beat the east central district’s only irrigated entry. Brad Spencer, of Franklin County, produced a yield of 244.29 bu./acre, planting Golden Harvest G15J91-V, taking first place in the irrigated category.

Second and third place in District 8 dryland category were Brad Spencer, with a yield of 222.34 bu./acre, with Golden Harvest G17E95-3110 in a Franklin County field, and Joe Heathman, Chase County, whose crop yielded 214.38 bu./acre, planted with Taylor Seed Farms 6012.

Top yield contest entries for the Kansas Corn Yield Contest came from Ryan Jagels, of Finney County, in the irrigated division, with a yield of 323.7 bu./acre; and Jeff Koelzer, Pottawatomie County, in the dryland division with a yield of 308.96 bu./acre.

“Improvements in technology and management have produced not only record Kansas corn yields, but more importantly, allowed for relatively impressive corn yields when farmers are faced with drought conditions and high input prices,” says Josh Roe, Kansas Corn vice president of market development and policy. “The farmers that participated in this year’s yield contest exhibit the very best of the technology and management techniques available.”

The Kansas Corn Yield Contest was created to recognize high-yielding Kansas corn farmers and gain information to improve practices and increase efficiency for greater sustainability and profitability. Sharing the data collected among Kansas farmers benchmarks the corn yields and provides information for improving management practices.

This is the second year for the combined state-level yield contest and National Corn Yield Contest, bringing greater competition and entries. The state contest awards dryland and irrigated winners in ten districts, along with one statewide dryland and one statewide irrigated winner. The winners will be recognized at the Kansas Corn Symposium Jan. 26, 2023, in Salina, Kan.

Information thanks to Kansas Corn.

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