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300-bushel-per-acre barrier toppled

Posted on December 23, 2014

Huron farm sets record in SD corn yield contest

The elusive 300-bushel-per-acre corn barrier has been broken.

Riverside Farms of Huron has set a South Dakota record with a corn yield above 308 bushels per acre, the top mark in a contest sponsored by the South Dakota Corn Growers Association in conjunction with the 2014 National Corn Yield Contest.

Bennett Waldner submitted the contest entry in the irrigated-ground category on behalf of Riverside Farms. South Dakota had 119 entries in four categories this year.

Corn yields have grown consistently in recent decades and 300 bushels became a contest target for South Dakota farmers. Winning yields crept closer to that elusive mark and topped 290 bushels-per-acre in recent years.

Here’s a list of winners, including seed brand, hybrid and yield.



  1. Scott McKee, Hawarden, Iowa Pioneer P1151AM 286.81
  2. Huron Colony, Huron Dekalb DKC52-61RIB 285.11
  3. Dean Bosse, Elk Point Pioneer P1151AM 254.54

No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated

  1. Nathan Hoeft, Stratford Dekalb DKC48-12RIB 261.49
  2. Swisher Inc., Groton Croplan 4099SS/RIB 244.41
  3. Swisher Inc. Groton Renk RK568VT3P 235.05


  1. Riverside Farms, Huron Pioneer P0533AM1 308.92
  2. Breding Farms, Chamberlain Dekalb DKC62-97RIB 279.95
  3. Breding Farms, Chamberlain Dekalb DKC58-89RIB 276.71

No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated

  1. Riverside Farms, Huron Pioneer P0533AM1 289.19
  2. Breding Farms, Chamberlain Dekalb DKC63-33RIB 261.68
  3. Lower Brule Farms, Pukwana Dekalb DKC59-90RIB 260.25

To view the complete list of 2014 Corn Yield Contest winners in South Dakota by district and class, click on the link below.

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