This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 and older as of Jan. 1) or FFA members (in school), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.
As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if it increases yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice also will be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.
Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting, and "extra mile" awards also will be given, each worth $200.
To participate, youth must complete and return an entry form by April 1, 2015 to the Fillmore County Extension Office. You can enter online by clicking here. You can also download an entry form by clicking here and mail to the Fillmore County Extension Office, 972 G Street, Geneva, 68361-2005.
The Innovative Youth Corn Challenge is co-sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board. For more information, contact Extension Educators Brandy VanDeWalle at email@example.com, Aaron Nygren at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Timmerman at email@example.com.