A Roland-area farm took home the trophy in the Manitoba Corn Growers Association 2010 Corn Yield Competition.
The results were announced at the Manitoba Special Crops Symposium.
"Having the right heat units, getting the corn in the ground at the right time in spring, those were the keys," says John Bergen, who together with his father-in-law Harry McKnight run McKnight Farms.
They claimed the top prize with a yield of 245.29 bushels per acre. Their Pioneer Hi-Bred 39D97 variety finished with a 55.36 bushel weight and 21.8 percent moisture on 30 row spacing.
Bergen says planting could be a challenge this spring.
"Depends on the spring. With an early melt hopefully we can get the seed in the ground in the timeframe we want to."
Second place was awarded to Baker Colony Farms of MacGregor.
Hank Enns Farms of Altona, Pritchard Brothers Ltd of Treherne and R and G Voth Farms of Altona finished third through fifth.
2010 Corn Yield Competition Results
|Producer Name||Address||Company||Variety||Yield (bushels per acre)|
|1. McKnight Farms||Roland||Pioneer||39D97||245.29|
|2. Baker Colony Farms||MacGregor||Pioneer||39Z79||234.86|
|3. Hank Enns Farms||Altona||Pioneer||92D97||206.69|
|4. Pritchard Bros. Ltd.||Treherne||Hyland||B18R||188.63|
|5. R & G Voth Farms||Altona||Pioneer||39D97||187.99|
|6. Blumengart Colony||Plum Coulee||Pioneer||39D97||187.42|
|7. Blumengart Colony||Plum Coulee||Pioneer||39D97||183.85|
|8. Bermar Farms Ltd.||Altona||Pioneer||39B94||178.63|
|9. Larry Friesen||Altona||Pioneer||39D97||178.23|
|10.George Wytinck||Cypress River||Hyland||B22R||174.81|
~ Thursday, February 10, 2011 ~