Farmer Achieves Top Non-Irrigated Yield During a Challenging Year

St. Louis, MO (December 20, 2019)

With skillful farm management, tailored product solutions and some relief from Mother Nature, farmers achieved impressive results in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) 2019 National Corn Yield Contest despite a challenging year. Farmer Drew Haines from Middletown, Maryland, achieved the top non-irrigated yield of 422.35 Bu/A with DEKALB DKC68-69RIB Brand Blend. This is the highest non-irrigated yield in this year’s contest. 

Additional first place national winners are:

  • Kevin Kalb of Dubois, Indiana, took first place in the F: Strip-Till, Minimum-Till, Mulch-Till, Ridge-Till Class Non-Irrigated category with 394.49 Bu/A with DKC67-44RIB Brand Blend – his ninth national win in the contest with DEKALB.
  • Heath Cutrell of Chesapeake, Virginia, achieved 381.46 Bu/A with DKC68-69 Brand in the A: Conventional Non-Irrigated category. This win is Cutrell’s fourth national award in the contest with DEKALB. 

DEKALB corn in the 2019 contest can be attributed to the skilled management practices of the farmers and tailored, integrated product solutions, including exclusive, high-performing seed genetics. He added that these farmers are driven to succeed with consistent and reliable products broadly adapted to stand up to environmental stresses.

Overall, in this year’s contest, farmers who planted DEKALB® corn captured eight of the 27 national awards and 182 first through third place awards at the state level, 31 of which yielded 300 Bu/A or higher.

“Farming isn’t easy, especially in a highly challenging year like 2019, but farmers can choose to have the best foundation possible,” said Uitenbroek. “We thank these farmers for their trust in DEKALB products and agronomic support to increase their opportunity for success when the stakes are high. We congratulate these winners on their hard work, commitment to innovation and passion for next-level performance.”

Many farmers across the country experienced variable and extreme conditions this season. Uitenbroek said yield contests, such as the NCGA National Corn Yield Contest, strengthen the agriculture industry by pushing farmers to learn how to manage adverse conditions, discover improved techniques and innovate for a better future.

There were a total of 7,454 entries and 2,614 harvest results in the 2019 NCGA contest. For a list of all DEKALB national and state winners, visit

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