The National Corn Growers Association announced the winners of its annual National Corn Yield Contest today.

The top yield was posted by David Hula, a farmer from Charles City, Va., who harvested an average of 429.0216 bushels per acre, highest in the nation in the No-till/Strip till, Irrigated category.

The hybrid was Pioneer’s P2088HR.

The second highest yield in the national contest was 370.3836 bushels per acre recorded by Double ‘SA’ Farms in Hart, Texas, and the third highest by Randy Dowdy, Valdosta, Ga., with 363.5287 bushels per acre.

The Double ‘SA’ Farm entry — Pioneer 32N74AM1 — was the highest in the Irrigated category of the NCGA contest and the Dowdy — Pioneer P2023HR – was second in the No-till/Strip till/Irrigated category.

Dowdy also produced the second highest yield in the Irrigated category with 352.3115 bushels. The hybrid was Pioneer’s P1814HR.

The National Corn Yield Contest is in its 47th year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. With 8,425 entries, the 2011 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest set a new participation record again this year.

This is an 18 percent increase over 2010 (7,125) and an incredible 70 percent increase over 2007 (4,932).

“While this contest provides individual growers a chance for good-natured competition with their peers, it also advances farming as a whole,” said Dean Taylor, chair of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team.

“The techniques and practices contest winners develop provide the basis for widely used advances that benefit the industry. This contest highlights how innovation, from both growers and technology providers, allows us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber in a sustainable manner.”

For a look at David Hula’s farming operation, visit http://southeastfarmpress.com/equipment/virginia-growers-making-conservation-tillage-pay, http://southeastfarmpress.com/virginia-never-till-growers-reaping-benefits and http://southeastfarmpress.com/management/virginia-growers-expanding-no-till-philosophy.

To learn about Randy Dowdy’s approach to corn production, visit http://southeastfarmpress.com/grains/georgia-yield-champ-student-growing-corn-0.

For a complete list of the national winners, click on http://www.ncga.com/uploads/useruploads/2011cyc_national_winners.pdf.