Due to widespread planting delays, the final entry deadline for the 2011 National Corn Yield Contest has been extended 10 days, to July 25, the National Corn Growers Association has announced.

Entries must be submitted online or postmarked on or before that date and are subject to the standard entry fee of $110 per entry.

"It was a late, long planting season for many growers throughout the Corn Belt," said Steve Ebke, chairman of the Production and Stewardship Action Team.

"At NCGA, we recognize the strain farmers experience while attempting to get the crop in the ground. Furthermore, early delays can cause tasks to pile up. We want every grower interested to have an opportunity to participate in the contest and hope that by extending the deadline we make it easier for them to do so."

For nearly a half century, NCGA's National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved, but the opportunity to learn from their peers.

Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies.

In Nashville, Tenn., during the 2012 Commodity Classic, state winners will be presented awards at the NCYC Breakfast and national winners will receive awards at the Awards Banquet.

To use NCGA's easy, online entry form, click here.