3/8/2014 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor
LANCASTER, Pa. — Pennsylvania corn and soybean growers were recognized Feb. 18 at the Professional Crop Producers Conference in Lancaster for raising top-performing yields in 2013.
The 5-Acre Corn Club broke records with yields averaging 236.9 bushels per acre. Penn State agronomist Greg Roth said records indicate that club yields have been increasing 3.7 bushels per acre annually, which is higher than the state average of 2 bushels per acre annually.
In the one-year contests, Marlyn Shaffer of Lake Ariel topped the no-till class with a yield of 273.8 bushels per acre, and Glenn Krall of Lebanon won the tilled class with a yield of 263.2 bushels.
In the three-year average contests, Carl Shaffer of Mifflinville won the no-till class with a yield of 245.8 bushels per acre, and John Frederick of New Hope won the tilled class with a yield of 225.2 bushels.
The Pennsylvania Soybean Contest had several producers break the 90 bushels per acre barrier, showing the continued improvement of soybean yields in the contest.
Jeff Bombgardener of Lebanon topped the contest with a yield of 97.38 bushels. Mike Reskovac of Fayette County was the western region winner with a yield of 71.39 bushels, Carl Gates of Centre County was the central region winner with a yield of 56.11 bushels, and D. Richard Snyder of Lycoming county was the northern region winner with a yield of 73.34 bushels.
For more information about the contest, including crop management practices, visit cornandsoybeans.psu.edu.