Pioneer, Garst Hybrids Lead Kansas Producers

2006 Yield Contest proves farmers succeed with sorghum.

When it comes to yield in a dry year, nothing succeeds like grain sorghum. Proof comes from the 2006 National Sorghum Yield and Management Contest, the results of which were released in December by the National Sorghum Producers.

Kansas growers won or placed in four of the six divisions of the 2006 National Sorghum Yield and Management Contest. The national winners were from Sheridan, Mitchell, Kiowa and Wilson counties. Winners are determined by comparing a farmer's yield against the National Agricultural Statistics Service 5-year county average, which "levels the playing field," says NSP President Greg Shelor of Minneola.

Reduced-Till Irrigated
* First place: Hill Farms, Sheridan County. 166.41 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 82.0 bushels per acre).
Second place: David Neff, Sheridan County. 162.18 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62.
Third place: Jeff Torluemke, Sheridan County. 161.01 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62.

No-Till Non-Irrigated
** First place: Raymond DeBey, Mitchell County. 168.64 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 70.2 bushels per acre).
Second place: Hurley & Hurley, Republic County. 165.25 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 71.56 bushels per acre).
Third place: Diane and Wayne Lenhart, Clay County, 158.61 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 73.4 bushels per acre).

Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated
First place: John and Charles Haas, Pawnee County.108.68 bushels per acre with Garst 5401 (county average is 53.2 bushels per acre).
Second place: Clayton and Louanne Short, Saline County. 90.86 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 54.0 bushels per acre).

Conventional-Till Irrigated
** First place: Ki Gamble, Kiowa County. 179.63 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 99.2 bushels per acre).

Conventional-Till Non-Irrigated
*** First place: Jerry Guenther, Wilson County. 158.57 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 78.2 bushels per acre).
Second place: Gary Resco of Cloud County. 133.45 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 70.8 bushels per acre).
Third place: Clayton and Louanne Short, Saline County. 99.69 bushels per acre with Pioneer 84G62 (county average is 54.0 bushels per acre).

National and state winners will be recognized Jan. 14-16 at the 2007 National Sorghum Producers and Southern Seed Association Joint Conference at Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

* First place nationally in category (DeBey finished first overall).
** Second place nationally in category.
*** Third place nationally in category.

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