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Wisconsin farmers earn top recognition in National Corn Yield Contest with Golden Harvest hybrids

Golden Harvest farmers, Seed Advisor and agronomy manager win four places across three different irrigation and production types

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., USA, Feb. 3, 2022 – Four Wisconsin farmers who planted Golden Harvest® corn hybrids earned top recognition in the 2021 National Corn Yield Contest, including two first-place victories. Overall, the farmers won four places across three different irrigation and production types statewide in the annual contest conducted by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).

The top finishers included:

No-Till Irrigated
  • First place: Matt Hintz of Amherst yielded 245.7463 bu/A with Golden Harvest corn G95M41-5122 E-Z Refuge® brand.
  • Second place: John Ruzicka of Bancroft yielded 227.146 bu/A with Golden Harvest corn G03R40-5222 E-Z Refuge brand.
Strip-Till, includes Minimum-Till, Mulch-Till and Ridge-Till, Irrigated
  • First place: John Stasiak of Holmen yielded 250.6965 bu/A with Golden Harvest corn G03R40-5222 E-Z Refuge brand.
No-Till Non-Irrigated
  • Second place: Steve Wilkens of Random Lake yielded 315.3779 bu/A with Golden Harvest corn G02K39-5122 E-Z Refuge brand.
Among the winners are a Golden Harvest Seed Advisor-farmer duo as well as a member of the Golden Harvest agronomy team.

“It feels great to represent a company with products that can perform like this,” said Seed Advisor and winning farmer Matt Hintz. “By planting Golden Harvest products on my own farm, I can experience first-hand how each hybrid performs in different management styles and environments, which gives me greater confidence when placing hybrids on my customers’ farms.”

Winning farmer John Ruzicka, who is one of Hintz’s customers, said that he appreciates Hintz’s on-farm research and that he leans heavily on Hintz for advice.

Golden Harvest farmer John Ruzicka and his Seed Advisor Matt Hintz both earned top recognition in the 2021 National Corn Yield Contest in Wisconsin. Source: Matt Hintz.
“I worked with Matt and Golden Harvest Agronomist Andrew Rupe to come up with a hybrid and seeding rate we thought would be successful,” Ruzicka said. “G03R40, which is a 103-day corn, is pushing it maturity-wise in our geographic location, but I was really happy with how it turned out. This hybrid seemed to handle tar spot better than others, and the plants stood really well all the way into late November, both of which will definitely factor into seed decisions going forward.”

Steve Wilkens, winning farmer and Golden Harvest agronomy manager, advises corn farmers to experiment with a subset of their acres in order to identify yield responsive factors and optimize yield potential.

“I encourage farmers to think outside the box to push product performance and yield,” said Wilkens. “Attention to detail, continual learning and fine-tuning practices are paramount to raising high-yield corn. Once yield responsive factors have been identified and are repeatable across years and hybrids, farmers can implement more broadly across their farms.”

To find better solutions for your corn and soybean acres, contact a Golden Harvest Seed Advisor at

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