National Grain Sorghum Producers (NGSP) has announced the winners of the 2002 National Grain Sorghum Yield and Management Contest.

“The contest entries reflect the expertise and management skills our members apply to their livelihoods and demonstrates sorghum's hardiness and adaptability,” said Gerald Simonsen, NGSP Yield and Management Contest chairman from Ruskin, Neb.

National first, second and third place winners as well as state winners will be recognized at an awards banquet held during the 2003 Grain Sorghum Industry Conference in the Albuquerque, N.M. Feb. 16-18.

Winners of the contest, which includes five divisions, are determined by the amount a contestant's yield exceeds the five-year average yield in that contestant's county as determined by USDA' National Ag Statistics Service.

Special food-grade sorghum award winner among all non-irrigated categories is William A. Miller of Ochiltree County, Texas. His field of DeKalb DKS 44-41 yielded 90.61 bushels per acre, outpacing the county average by 48.31 bushels.

Among all irrigated categories, special food-grade sorghum award winner was Tom Stephens of Texas County, Okla. His field of Asgrow Eclipse yielded 157.52 bushels per acre, beating the county average yield by 82.22 bushels.

Mick Reynolds of Hall County, Neb., walks away with national first place honors in the reduced-till, irrigated division with a yield of 181.4 bushels per acre on his field of DeKalb DK53, topping the five-year county average by 99.4 bushels.

First place nationally in the no-till, non-irrigated division went to Jerry Guenther of Wilson County, Kan. Guenther's Pioneer 84G62 turned out a yield of 182.35 bushels per acre and earned Guenther the “Bin Buster” award for highest yield among all non-irrigated divisions. That topped the county average by 99.55 bushels.

National first place winner in the mulch-till, non-irrigated division was HRB Farming Partnership of Livingston County, Mo. Their yield of 160.01 bushels per acre on their field of DeKalb DK54 exceeded the county average by 65.61 bushels.

Placing first nationally in the conventional-till, non-irrigated division was Pshigoda Farms, Inc. of Ochiltree County, Texas. Their yield of 127.62 bushels per acre on their field of DeKalb DK40Y topped the five-year county average by 85.32 bushels.

Duane Pshigoda of Ochiltree County, Texas, took the first place national award in the conventional-till, irrigated division, with a yield of 197.24 bushels per acre on his field of Pioneer 84G62. Pshigoda's yield earned him the “Bin Buster” award for highest yield among all irrigated divisions. That tops the five-year county average by 101.24 bushels per acre.

National second place honors in the reduced-till, irrigated division went to Roger Johnson of Sheridan County, Kan‥ Johnson's field of Pioneer 84G62 turned out a yield of 183.31 bushels per acre, topping the county average by 90.71 bushels.

In the no-till, non-irrigated division, Weinheimer Farms of Carson County, Texas, placed second nationally, with their field of NC+ Y363 producing 114.22 bushels per acre. That tops the county average by 77.82 bushels.

Second place honors nationally in the mulch-till, non-irrigated division went to Hundley Bros. Farms, of Acadia County, La. Their field of Pioneer 83G66 turned out 121.57 bushels per acre, topping the county average by 56.37 bushels.

Bob Dietrick of Texas County, Okla., took national second place honors in the conventional-till, non-irrigated division with his field of NC+ 6C21. Dietrick's plot turned out 89.4 bushels per acre, beating the county average by 59.3 bushels.

Michael Willmon of Curry County, N.M, placed second nationally in the conventional-till, irrigated division. Willmon's field of Pioneer 84G62 produced 159.87 bushels per acre, topping the county average by 84.87 bushels.

In the reduced-till, irrigated division, Joe Burford of Curry County, New Mexico, placed third nationally, with his field of Asgrow 581, yielding 161.3 bushels per acre and topping the county average by 86.3 bushels.

Effenbeck Farms, Inc., of Thayer County, Neb., placed third nationally in the no-till, non-irrigated division, with a yield of 154.54 bushels per acre on their field of Pioneer 84G62. That tops the county average by 72.94 bushels.

National third place in the mulch-till, non-irrigated division went to William A. Miller of Ochiltree County, Texas. Miller's yield of 90.61 bushels per acre on his field of DeKalb DKS 44-41 beat the county average by 48.31 bushels.

In the conventional-till, non-irrigated division, Mitchell Farms of Webster County, Ky., placed third nationally. Their field of Pioneer 8699 turned out a yield of 128.92 bushels per acre, topping the county average by 58.52 bushels.

National third place award in the conventional-till, irrigated division went to Cecil Simpson & Son, of Desha County, Ark. Their field of Pioneer 84G62 yielded 164.18 bushels per acre, topping the county average by 82.88 bushels.

A detailed list of national, state, and county winners is available at www.sorghumgrowers.com.