Russell wins state corn yield award
|Aerial view of Corbin Hall Farm on the Rappahannock River. (photo by Mike Kucera)|
Russell placed first in the state in the Ridge Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 251.3 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer 34F96.
Russell was one of 520 state winners nationwide. The 2008 contest had a record 6,727 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 24 growers—three from each of eight classes—were named national winners, representing 16 states.
The average yield among national winners was 310.9 bushels per acre-greater than the 223.31 bushels per acre average for all entrants, and more than the 2008 U.S. average of 153.8 bushels per acre. Nineteen entrants recorded yields of 300 bushels or more per acre.
The winners were recognized February 27 at the 2009 Commodity Classic—the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat industries-held in Grapevine, Texas.
Russell and wife Cathy received an all-expense-paid trip to Grapevine from Pioneer, a DuPont Company. They stayed at the Gaylord Texan and spent several days sightseeing in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.