Levin Farms Inc. of Kensington has placed first in the National Sorghum Producers 2011 NSP Yield and Management Contest in the No-Till, Non-Irrigated category. Levin's yield was 185.91 bushels per acre.
Levin Farms is in Smith County in north central Kansas and is owned and operated by Otto, Steve and Jeff Levin. The farm business also include seed sales for Agri-Pro and Pioneer and well as seed conditioning and treating. Levin sells bagged or bulk wheat and alfalfa seed, and both wholesale and retail hay.
Farmers from 20 states from New Mexico to New Jersey entered this year's NSP contest. Producer yields are highlighted in nine different categories with this year's top yield at 192.73 bushels per acre.
The national winners will be further recognized at Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tenn., on March 2, 2012, at an awards dinner sponsored by Pioneer.
First place national winners, in addition to Levin, that will be honored in Nashville include Jeff Scates of Illinois who won the Reduced-Till Irrigated category with a yield of 192.73 bushels per acre; Duane L. Vorderstrasse of Nebraska in the Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 176.25 bushels per acre; Jason Gamble of South Carolina in the Conventional-Till Non-Irrigated category with a yield of 150.99 bushels per acre; and John A. Scates of Illinois in the Conventional-Till Irrigated category with a yield of 189.31 bushels per acre.
Michael Fisher of Nebraska won the Non-Irrigated National Food-Grade category with a yield of 114.59 bushels per acre. Jeff Scates of Illinois won the Irrigated Bin Buster Award category with a yield of 192.73 bushels per acre, and Levin Farms Inc. in Kansas yielded 185.91 bushels to win the Non-Irrigated Bin Buster Award.
"The yield contest provides an invaluable opportunity for NSP to connect with producers around the country," said NSP Chairman Terry Swanson. "I would like to congratulate and recognize all 2011 winners on their hard work and dedication to best management practices, which have enabled them to become leaders among their peers."
To see a complete list of the NSP Yield and Management Contest results or to learn more about the contest, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.