How David Hula Grows 600-Bushel-Plus Corn

Record-Breaking Corn Yields Take Discipline, Research, and Resolve.

 

By Bill Spiegel, Successful Farming

Agriculture.com - 1/6/2020

 

David Hula didn’t just eclipse the 600-bushel-per-acre mark to win the 2019 National Corn Yield Contest – he crushed it, hitting a record 616.195-bushel-per-acre yield.

 

And no, it wasn’t on super-fertile, jet-black land. It was generated from one of Hula’s sandy-loam fields in Charles City County, Virginia.

 

“Everyone thinks we have a magic piece of dirt. We don’t,” Hula says. “It takes a team of folks and God’s favor.”

 

There are no silver bullets to such stratospheric yields. It takes attention to detail, forethought, and resolve, he says. 

 

“I don’t mind failing. I don’t mind doing things on a few acres to see what works. And in these plots, we’re learning a lot. The things that do work, we’ll implement on other acres. When they work there, then it becomes a standard procedure for our operation,” says Hula, who rotates between corn; small grains like wheat, barley or oats; and double-crop soybeans after the small grain harvest.

 

The Corn Yield Contest rules require one hybrid number from at least 10 continuous acres. The previous record high for the NCYC, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association, was 542 bushels per acre. It’s the fourth time Hula has set the world record and the fifth time since 2012 he’s taken first place in the National Corn Yield Contest.

 

LAYING THE FOUNDATION ...

 

CHOOSING HYBRIDS ...

 

IN-SEASON CROP PROTECTION ...

 

IS IT PROFITABLE? ...

 

WHAT’S REALISTIC ...

 

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