Kludt comes close in NY corn contest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 December 2013 at 12:00 am

KENDALL – Kludt Brothers, a past state champ in an annual corn contest, was close to the title this year, but didn’t have enough bushels to top Henry Everman, a Dansville farmer.

The National Corn Growers Association earlier today announced the state and national winners in the 49th annual corn contest.

Kludt won the state title in 2009 and 2010, and finished fourth in the country in 2009 with 295.9 bushel yield. The farm based in Kendall didn’t reach the leaderboard for 2013.

In the state contest, Henry Everman of Dansville won the New York title for non-irrigated land with a 293.98 bushel per acre yield. Everman was followed by JA-RY Properties of Pavilion at 293.48 bushels and Swede Farms of Pavilion at 289.59.

Kludt Brothers came in eighth out of 15 NY entrants with a yield of 261.86 bushels.

In the no-till/non-irrigated category, Gary Swede Farms of Pavilion took the top three spots with yields of 322.14, 295.93 and 286.27 bushels per acre.

Kludt came in seventh out of the 11 NY entries with a 261.19 yield in the category.

Kevin Kalb of Dubois, Ind., had the top yield in the country for non-irrigated land with a 374.62 yield. David Hula of Charles City, Va., had the biggest yield of all entries – 454.98 bushels per acre – in the no till/irrigated category.

That 454.98 yield is a new all-time record. The national average for corn in 2013 is projected to be 160.4 bushels per acre.