MITCHELL, S.D. – Despite a drought, several South Dakota farmers who entered the 2012 Corn Yield Contest harvested some of the highest corn yields in history. Steve Breding, of Chamberlain, recorded the highest yield in the state this year by raising 279.32 bushels per acre in one of his fields. That ranks as the fourth-highest yield ever recorded on irrigated land using no-till or strip-till farming practices. Randy Svendsen, of Volin, harvested 276.52 bushels per acre in a field, ranking as the second-highest all time in the irrigated classification. On non-irrigated land, Ronald Johnson, of Alcester, produced 271.49 bushels per acre, which ranks fifth all-time in that category. Jeffery Fliehs had the highest yield in non-irrigated fields using no-till or strip-till farming. His 261.01-bushel yield ranks second on record in that category. South Dakota had 121 entries in four categories. The contest, conducted by the National Corn Growers Association, is in its 48th year and remains the organization’s most popular program for members. The contest drew a near-record 8,262 entries nationally.
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