Corn yield winners top 290 bushels per acre

Five entries topped 290 bushels per acre in an annual corn yield contest sponsored by the South Dakota Corn Growers Association.

Scott McKee of Hawarden, Iowa had the highest yield in the state at 299.33 bushels per acre on a South Dakota field near the Iowa border. Kory Standy of Platte, Travis Mockler of Centerville, Steve Breding of Chamberlain and Dean Bosse of Elk Point also cracked the 290 mark.

There are four divisions: non-irrigated; no-till/strip till non-irrigated; irrigated; no-till/strip till irrigated. The South Dakota contest is held in conjunction with the National Corn Yield Contest, which is in its 54th year and its most popular program for members.

Here’s a list of South Dakota winners, including seed brand, hybrid and yield. Below this list is a region-by-region chart of place winners.

RANK/NAME/CITY                                            BRAND             HYBRID            YIELD


  1. Scott McKee, Hawarden, Iowa             Pioneer            P1151AMX       299.33
  2. Travis Mockler, Centerville,                   Pioneer            P1366AM         292.5
  3. Dean Bosse, Elk Point                           Pioneer            P1197AM         291.08

No-till/strip-till non-irrigated

  1. Travis Swisher, Groton                         Dekalb             DKC46-79RIB    272.67
  2. Robert Swisher, Groton                       Dekalb             DKC46-36RIB    269.68
  3. Robert Holzwarth, Hazel                     Hefty Seed      H5003              265.56

No-till/strip-till irrigated

  1. Steve Breding, Chamberlain              Channel           213-19STXRIB   292.02
  2. Tyler & Jerry Poeschle, Yankton        Pioneer            P1366AM          269.12
  3. Scott &Tammy Slepikas, Huron         Pioneer            P0339AMXT     268.0


  1. Kory Standy, Platte                            Dekalb              DKC62-97RIB    292.94
  2. Bob Creasy, Geddes                         Pioneer            P0919Am           286.79
  3. Brennen Bird, Elk Point                     Dekalb             DKC60-69RIB    285.57