Harold Mai of Garden City won first place in the Double-Crop Irrigated division; Jesse Koehn of Galva won third place in the Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated division; Ki Gamble of Greensburg won first place in the Reduced-Till Irrigated division; and Galen Berning of Marienthal won first place in the Conventional-Till Irrigated division at the 2015 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield Contest in Kansas.
Mai won with Pioneer hybrid Pioneer 86G32, which yielded 149.020 bushels per acre. Koehn won with Pioneer hybrid Pioneer 85G03, which yielded 135.5699 bushels per acre. Gamble won with Pioneer hybrid Pioneer 84G62, which yielded 233.3899 bushels per acre. Berning won with Pioneer hybrid Pioneer 84P72, which yielded 192.8199 bushels per acre.
Mai, Koehn, Gamble and Berning each earned one of the 113 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer brand hybrids. The NSP awarded 168 state titles in the contest. Growers planting Pioneer brand hybrids dominated the event, winning 67 percent of all state awards presented. DuPont Pioneer sorghum growers won 16 of 21 national titles awarded in 2015.
First-, second- and third-place national honors were awarded in each of the seven divisions. Growers compete within a broad range of sorghum production classes, including conventional-till irrigated, conventional-till non-irrigated, mulch-till non-irrigated, no-till non-irrigated, reduced-till irrigated, double-crop non-irrigated and double-crop irrigated.
For a list of winners by state, and details about individual winners, see the Pioneer website: http://www.pioneer.com/nsp.