National Sorghum Producers Announce Annual Yield Contest Winners

Lubbock, TX (December 14, 2018) - National Sorghum Producers is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 NSP Yield Contest. Farmers from 24 states entered to win this year’s contest. Producer yields are highlighted in five different categories. This year’s top yield and Bin Buster winner is Michael Ball of Idaho, with 219.1 bushels per acre.

"Throughout the trials and tribulations sorghum has faced this past year, it is inspiring to see farmers pushing through and showcasing their perseverance and dedication to finish the yield contest," said NSP board of directors Chairman Dan Atkisson. "We know harvest conditions were not ideal this year and interfered with many contestant entries, but we congratulate the winners, and I look forward to meeting each one at the upcoming Commodity Classic."

The 2018 first place winners of the NSP Yield Contest were Michael Ball of Idaho in the Irrigated-Tillage West category with a yield of 219.1 bushels per acre; Michelle Santini of New Jersey in the Irrigated-Tillage East category with a yield of 192.7 bushels per acre; Beckman Farms of Kansas in the Irrigated-No Till West category with a yield of 196.7 bushels per acre; Jeffrey Barlieb of New Jersey in the Irrigated-No Till East category with a yield of 183.89 bushels per acre; Lee Pifer of Kansas in the Dryland-Tillage West category with a yield of 170.63 bushels per acre; Harry Johnston of Pennsylvania in the Dryland-Tillage East category with a yield of 202.71 bushels per acre; David Knoll of South Dakota in the Dryland-No Till West category with a yield of 178.6 bushels per acre; Winter Johnston of Pennsylvania in the Dryland-No Till East category with a yield of 198.39 bushels per acre; and Mike Baker of Nebraska won the Food-Grade category with a yield of 172.52 bushels per acre.

The national winners and new hall of fame member, Ki Gamble of Greensburg, Kansas, will be further recognized at Commodity Classic in Orlando, Florida, on March 1, 2018, at an awards dinner sponsored by Corteva.

To see a complete list of the NSP Yield Contest national, state and county results, or to learn more about the contest, visit http://sorghumgrowers.com/yield-contest.


NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative representation, regulatory representation and education. To learn more about NSP, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.