‘No silver bullets’ reigning NCGA National Corn Yield Contest winner says.

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David Hula shocked the corn-producing world last fall when he harvested 454 bushels of corn per acre on a field he entered in the 2013 NCGA National Corn Yield Contest.

As you might expect, Hula’s presentations drew a standing-room-only crowd at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Tunica, Miss. Though it says cotton and rice in the title, this year’s conference included numerous presentations on corn and soybeans, including Hula’s discussion on “Achieving High Yield Corn Production.”

"I hate to use this word, but it all comes back to the fact there are no silver bullets in growing high-yielding corn," he said. "We've been working on this a long time, and I've made a lot of mistakes over the years. We started out trying to grow more than 200 bushels, then 250, then 300, then 350 and now this."

Hula says one of the keys to high yields is trying to pack as much into an ear of corn as possible, whether that includes drip irrigation or well-timed nutrient applications or timely harvest.

By producing such high yields (better than 300 bushels per acre for a number of years) Hula has joined an elite fraternity of growers who know what it's like to have to empty their combines more frequently than their neighbors.

Among those are Johnny Hula, David's brother from Charles City, Va.; Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Ga.;  and Steve Albracht of Hart, Texas.

For more information on David Hula, click on http://southeastfarmpress.com/grains/north-carolina-hula-400-corn-tests-results-big-yields

On Wayne Dowdy, http://southeastfarmpress.com/grains/randy-dowdy-breaks-400-bushel-corn-barrier-challenging-year

For Steve Albracht, http://southwestfarmpress.com/texas-corn-yield-winner-cautions-growers

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