CASSTOWN — Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a candy bar because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented a T-shirt from the FFA chapter.
A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in Plant and Animal Sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.
The overall winner was Maci Krites. Her corn was predicted to yield 272 bushels to the acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Katie Bodenmiller who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 262.5 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre. Additional awards went to Dylan Hahn for having the ear with the largest circumference at 7 inches around. Alyssa Westgerdes presented the longest ear, over 10 inches in length.
Participants included Tyler Bashore, Katie Bodenmiller, Jacob Brunke, Zach Kronenberger, Liza Bair, Dylan Hahn, Dakota Bashore, Kaitlyn Hawes, Alex DiNardo, Zach Kowalak, Lance Rohrbach, Lane Davis, Maci Krites, Alyssa Westgerdes, and Dawson Kingrey.