Shortall leads Talbot Corn Club with his 242.6 average

Senior Editor

EASTON, Md. (Jan. 24, 2017) — As the Talbot County Corn Club marked its 65th year, seven of the 21 growers in the adult division and one young entrant in the youth division broke the 200-bushels-an-acre barrier.
Jay Shortall, who farms near Easton, captured the 2016 yield competition with 242.6 bushels an acre.
But it was an entry listed to Samuel Harrison of Easton in the youth division, that captured the attention of the farmers and their families gathered in the VFW Hall last Thursday evening.
Young Harrison’s yield was 201.1 bushels an acre.
The evening also celebrated the county’s annual soybean improvement program where Jay Shortall added to his laurels with a winning entry of 67.6 bushels an acre in the full season division.
An entry of 55.8 bushels an acre by Meadow Farm Joint Venture topped the double crop soybean division.
Entries by Paul Harrison of 233.6 bushels and by Cecil Gannon & Sons of 223.5 placed second and third in the 21-entry senior corn yield competition.
Runners-up in the soybean competitions were Kara Hutchison, 64.7, full season, and Harrison Family Farm, 54.7, double crop.
In the corn competition, Shortall planted DeKalb seed, C 52-30, no-till in 30-inch row width on May 28 at a population of 30,000.
The crop was harvested on Oct. 7 with a moisture content of 19.8 percent.
The corn club, which met for the first time in 1952, a project of then county ag agent Roscoe Brown, is the oldest continuing club of its kind in the nation.
Successive county ag agents have remained committed to carrying on the tradition. At its 60th in 2011, then and still Talbot County county ag agent Shannon Dill created what she called a “Memory Book,” a scrapbook of sorts, tracing the history of the club in pictures and corn yield results from the past.
Thorough all of those 60 years and through the reigns of many county ag agents, “the only file left untouched and preserved has been that of the corn club,” Dill said.
She and members of her staff gleaned those archives, and those of the club at the county library to retrieve content for the book. “I wanted this year of the club to be special,” Dill had said.