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Talbot Corn Club entries average more than 200 bpa
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
EASTON, Md. (Jan. 20, 2015) — Testifying to the well-established fact that 2014 was “a good corn year,” the corn yield competition of the venerable Talbot County Corn Club attracted a total of 22 producers.
Twenty submitted certified entries of more than 200 bushels an acre and the two who did not nudged that barrier with yields of 199 and 175 bushels.
The average of the 22 growers’ entries was 220 bushels an acre.
The separation of the top two growers was one bushel of yield.
Leading the way was Jay Shortall of Easton with 248.99 bushels an acre. Second-place honors went to Hutchison Brothers of Cordova with a yield of 247.97 bushels an acre.
And not far behind, in third place, was G.T. Swann & Sons of Easton who submitted an entry of 243.13 bushels.
Two entries in the youth division of the corn competition topped the two top entries by their seniors.
There were eight entries in that division with Martha Harrison entering the highest corn yield at 252.95 bushels per acre.
Coming in second among the youth was Martha’s cousin, Hannah Harrison who logged 248.20 bushels an acre.
The entries assigned to every one of the young growers topped 200 bushels an acre.
There was a single entry in the irrigated corn class.
It was entered by Hutchison Brothers and logged in at 276.18 bushels per acre, the highest overall corn yield in the 2014 competition.
In the soybean yield competition held each year by the Talbot County Soybean Improvement Program, Cecil H. Gannon & Sons of Easton topped the five entries in the double crop division with a yield of 62.97 bushels.
The full season soybean division, which attracted seven entries, was led by Donald Foster of Easton with a yield of 73.8 bushels per acre.
Analyzing the crop data from the entries, Dr. Bob Kratochvil, University of Maryland Extension agronomist said the average planting date for corn was May 7.
The year’s favorable growing conditions seemed to favor growers who planted at a higher rate with growers who planted above the average seeding rate of 29,320 seeds per acre averaged a yield of 232 bushels per acre and those who planted below the rate averaged 218 bushels per acre.
Giving the club’s annual weather summary, John Swaine III said temperatures for all but one month of the growing season were below the historical average and 2014 had fewer days under 90 degrees F and 21 fewer days in 2012.