Hardy Farms of Greene County won top honors in both the dryland and irrigated divisions of the North Carolina Corn Yield Contest, with 250.94 bushels per acre. In the irrigated division, Hardy Farms had a yield of 245.39 bushels per acre.

Corn growers were recognized at the Joint Conference of the North Carolina Corn, Small Grain and Soybean Associations. Almost 40 of the entries topped 200-bushels per acre.

Johnny Moore of Rowan County won the dryland no-till division, with a yield of 246.54 bushels per acre. Moore also was runner-up in the dryland division, with a yield of 246.54 bushels per acre.

Doug Maxwell of Washington County was the runner-up in the irrigated division, with a yield of 176.05 bushels per acre.

Contest yields ranged from the high of 250 bushels per acre to 112 bushels per acre, says Ron Heiniger, North Carolina State University Extension corn specialist.

In the Tidewater area, Charles Gray & Sons of Pasquotank County had the top yield of 212.60 bushels per acre; Roberts Brothers, Inc., of Camden County was the runner-up. Al Wood, Pasquotank County North Carolina State University Extension agent, won the agent award for the area.

In the Northern Coastal Plain, Hardy Farms had the top yield with 250.94 bushels per acre. Richard S. Harper of Greene County was the runner up at 226.94 bushels per acre. Louie Johnson, the Extension agent in Greene County, won the agent’s award.

In the Southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills, Henry Dail of Duplin County had the top yield, with 239.85 bushels per acre. McLamb Farms of Sampson County was the runner-up, with a yield of 208.05 bushels per acre. Bryant Spivey, the Extension agent in Duplin County, won the agent’s award.

In the Northern Piedmont, Edward Lewis of Alamance County had the top yield, with 241.89 bushels per acre. Kevin Matthews of Forsyth County was the runner-up, with 220.59 bushels per acre. Troy Coggins, the Extension agent in Davidson County, won the agent’s award.

In the Southern Piedmont, Johnny Moore of Rowan County took top honors, with 246.54 bushels per acre. McLain Farms of Iredell County was the runner-up, with 217.05 bushels per acre. Jim Cowden, the Extension agent in Rowan County, won the agent’s award.

In the Mountains, Eddie Wood of Cherokee County had the top yield, with 244.63 bushels per acre. Will and Wesley Johnson of Surry County were the runners-up, with 231.86 bushels per acre. Joanna Radford, the Extension agent in Surry County, won the agent’s award.

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