By Lindsay Calvert
Online entry is now open for the National Corn Growers Association's 2012 National Corn Yield Contest.
The contest was started nearly a half century ago to encourage new and innovative ways of increasing corn yields, said Max Starbuck, NCGA Director of Production, Stewardship and Livestock in a phone interview. He said they operate on very similar principles today to provide competition between growers and give them a chance to evaluate what they're doing against the rest of the country.
This is the second year online entry is available for farmers to submit all necessary entry forms while taking advantage of the special early reduced fee of $80 until June 15. After this date, entry fees increase to $110 and must be submitted by July 16.
"The online entry option makes taking advantage of the early entry discount easier than ever," said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Dean Taylor in a recent press release. "We have seen many consecutive years of significant contest growth. With favorable conditions across much of the country, I encourage members to take advantage of the discount, use the easy online form and become a part of the contest. Also, I encourage non-members to explore the many benefits that NCGA members enjoy and consider joining both the association and entering the contest."
Awards will be given to the top three winners of the six categories at the state and national level.
Winners will receive recognition in national publications as well as trips or awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. State winners will be recognized at the NCYC Breakfast and national winners will receive their awards at the NCGA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.
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