Talbot Corn Club hosts 67th consecutive yields competition
EASTON, Md. — Reflective of the challenging growing season, corn yields entered in the 2018 Talbot Corn Club yield competition were down compared to recent years, but a new record yield emerged in the county’s Soybean Improvement Program.
The corn clubs’ annual banquet on Jan. 23 marked its 67th year of continuous operation, the longest in the United States and the 47th year for the soybean program.
In soybeans, a full season entry by Kara Hutchison of 82.59 bushels per acre eclipsed the longstanding program record of 80.7 bushels per acre set by Homer Torbert in 1973.
The Hutchison entry was a Pioneer Plenish variety planted in minimum till on May 11 at a planting rate of 150,000 seeds per acre.
The Hutchison Brothers farm operation placed second in the full season category with a 70.09 bushels per acre entry.
It also was first in the double crop category with a 64.81 bushels per acre entry.
The double crop entry, a Pioneer variety, was planted no-till on June 7 at a planting rate of 160,000 seeds per acre after barley.
In the corn contest, Henry Spies IV entered the top yield of 217 bushels per acre, followed by Paul T. Swann at 210.62 and Cecil H. Gannon and Sons at 210.33.
Spies’ entry was a GrowmarkFS hybrid planted no-till on May 30 at a population of 28,600 seeds per acre.
Swann’s entry was a Pioneer hybrid planted no-till on May 18 at a population of 30,000 seeds per acre and Gannons’ entry was a Mid-Atlantic.
Seeds hybrid planted under minimum tillage on April 4 at a population of 26,484 seeds per acre.
The corn contest has 26 entries including five in the youth division.
The average of the corn entries was 179.95 bushels per acre, down from 2017’s contest average of 206.58 bushels.
The average of the soybean entries was 65.58 bushels per acre.
Hannah Harrison had the top entry in the corn contest’s youth division at 200.75 bushels per acre, followed by Samuel Harrison, Martha Harrison, Garrett Schlag and Jack Hutchison.
Contest organizers stressed that the club numbers are not field averages.
Entries are taken on selected parts of fields and thus are not fully indicative of what every field should produce, dispelling a common misconception from the public.
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