The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that the Aug. 1 deadline  for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest is fast approaching. Corn growers can register quickly and easily today using the online entry form.  

“With only days left, take a little time this week to register for the contest,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn. “We all know how hectic life can become so quickly. By entering now, you can check one more important item off of your to-do list. The data we gain from the contest every year is important, because it helps us develop the production practices of tomorrow. I hope those who haven’t entered before consider becoming NCGA members and trying their hand at high-yield techniques as contest entrants in 2014.”

To enter today using the online form, click here

Entry will remain open through Aug.1. All harvest forms will be due by Nov. 21. Contest winners will be announced on Dec. 19.

NCGA also reminds farmers that there have been updates to the rules for the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest. In addition to moving to a solely online entry platform, contest rules have been revised to further ensure contest integrity while also accommodating for technological advances to make participation easier.

In an effort to accommodate changing technology, NCGA will allow the use of lasers to measure row lengths beginning this year. Notably, a laser may only be used to measure if the rows of the harvest plot are straight and the field is flat. The laser must be able to hit point to point. If the field has any type of curve or slope, a laser may not be used to measure it for contest purposes. It is recommended supervisors verify the calibration accuracy of any lasers used.

For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.