David Hula, a producer from Charles City, Va., has won the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest with a verified yield of 532.0271 bushels per acre.

Hula becomes the second grower in a row from the Southeast to record the top yield in the 51st year of the contest. Last year, Randy Dowdy, a producer from Georgia, became the first grower ever to exceed 500 bushels per acre in the event.

Hula hit the new, all-time record yield in the contest’s Strip till/No-till Irrigated category with the variety Pioneer P1197AM, according to the NCGA.

In announcing the results, the NCGA said contest entrants “continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, setting a contest record with a new all-time high yield of just over 532 bushels per acre. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.”

Participation in the contest remained strong in 2015, with 7,729 entries received.

“The contest does more than just provide farmers an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates information that shapes future production practices across the industry,” said Brent Hostetler, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team.

“The techniques contest winners first develop grow into broad advances that help farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations. Our contest emphasizes how innovation, from growers and technology providers alike, enables us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”

The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 386.4 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 169.3 bushels per acre in 2015. While there is no overall contest "winner," Hula's 532.0271 bushels per acre topped the contest.

“The National Corn Yield Contest drives so many corn farmers to initially join NCGA,” said Patty Mann, chairwoman of NCGA’s Grower Services Action Team. “While they may initially join to gain contest entry, these members become increasingly involved and supportive as they learn more about the breadth of activities NCGA carries out on farmers’ behalf.

“Just as the contest promotes the on-farm techniques developed by many single growers to benefit all corn farmers, NCGA’s grassroots efforts join the single voices of members together to create positive change and real opportunities for our industry.”

In New Orleans, during the 2016 Commodity Classic, winners will be honored during the NCGA Awards Banquet and the NCYC State Winners Breakfast.

To see a complete list of national and state winners, visit www.ncga.com.

For more information on the NCGA, visit www.ncga.com.