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BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Beck's Hybrids launched its 300 Challenge for farmers in 2009. The objective is to challenge growers to break 300 bushels on their farms.

Every year since then, Liberty, Indiana farmer Tom Logue has been trying to win it.

This year - he did. "I try to plant a hybrid that has plenty of top end yield," he says. "This year I planted 6175 AM from Beck's. It's just a hybrid that will work on high yield conditions."

He says there are a couple of factors that helped yield this year. First - the field was planted to soybeans last year and secondly, they applied nitrogen when the crop needed it most.

But, Logue tells Brownfield, he can't take all the credit for the 323.2 bushel per acre corn yield. "Last year, I planted the same hybrid with similar practices as I did this year," he says. "Last year my yield was 129 bu/a. I know that most of it depends on the weather that I get. Last year was terrible and this year was almost perfect."

So perfect, he says, that field in particular didn't go more than 6 days without a rainfall this year.

The top five participants achieved an average yield of 304.5 Bushels per acre. Logue took the top spot with a yield of 323.2 bu/a; Wally Linneweber of Vincennes, IN had a yield of 318.4 bu/a; Gary Wolfe of Nevada, OH averaged 303.5 bu/a; Tim Miller of White Pigeon, MI average 290.7 bu/a; and Steve Vandike of Geneseo, IL finished with a yield of 286.7 bu/a.

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