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Pukwana residents place in 2016 Corn Yield Contest

PUKWANA -- Two Pukwana farmers placed in the top-two of their respective classes for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest. Val Mosel placed first in the state in the E: No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 289.9684 bushels per acre ...

PUKWANA - Two Pukwana farmers placed in the top-two of their respective classes for the 2016 National Corn Yield Contest.

Val Mosel placed first in the state in the E: No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 289.9684 bushels per acre in the contest, which recognizes farmers from across the country for their exceptional efforts to satisfy an increasing demand for corn around the world. Mosel was one of 400 state winners nationwide from a pool of 7,979 entries.

Fellow Pukwana resident Eric Kroupa placed second in the state in the A: A Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 185.1002 bushels per acre.

The average yield among national winners was 374.7 bushels per acre.

"This harvest, the world witnessed the incredible bounty U.S. corn farmers can provide to meet the growing need for food, fuel and fiber both in our nation and around the world," said NCGA President Wesley Spurlock, a corn grower from Stratford, Texas. "Our contest participants demonstrated that America's farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting state-of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals," Spurlock continued. "The top yield in this year's contest - a tremendous 521.3968 bushels per acre achieved by Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia - is a testament to these efforts."

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