A corn crop grown by an area farmer in Elkmont brought home state honors in early March through the 2018 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.

The National Corn Growers Association believe the backbone of agriculture continues to be the American farmer and Jesse Hobbs is just that.

Hobbs strives to meet the growing the demand for corn to satisfy increasing world need and he was recently honored for his efforts.

Hobbs placed third in the state in the A No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of about 279.45 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was DEKALB DKC65-20RIB.

He was one of 417 state winners nationwide. The 2018 contest included 7,258 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers — three from each of six classes — were named national winners, representing eight states.

The average yield among national winners was more than 349 bushels per acre — greater than the projected 2018 U.S. average of 176.6 bushels per acre.

“In 2018, corn farmers showed, yet again, that they continually grow an abundance that feeds and fuels the world sustainably,” NCGA President Lynn Crisp said. “The NCGA NCYC contest participants exhibited the potential of all American's farmers as they continually adopt innovative tools which help them achieve excellence.”

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