John Lowrey Farms of Floyd County placed third in the state in the A No-Till/Strip Till Non-Irrigated Class with a yield of 195.1445 bushels per acre.
The local grower was one of 421 state winners nationwide. The 2012 contest had 8,263 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers — three from each of six classes — were named national winners, representing 13 states.
The average yield among national winners was 316.3 bushels per acre, which is greater than the 2012 U.S. average of 122.3 bushels per acre. Nine of the national winners recorded yields of 300 bushels or more per acre.
Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques.