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Journey to 300

We understand that every farmer has different needs, preferences, and unique challenges on their farms. As a result of that, we’ve decided to regionalize the Journey to 300 and Journey to 100 yield challenges this year in an effort to shift the focus more to the journey and less on the competition. Every soil type, productivity level, region and personal journey to higher yields is unique and they should be evaluated that way.

2016 Winners

  • One winner from each state in Beck's marketing area

    • Kurt Alvine | Mt. Pleasant, IA | 285.0 Bu./A. with BECK 6948A3

    • Curry Farms | Alpha, IL | 281.7 Bu./A. with XL® 6165AMX™*brand

    • Tim Miller | White Pigeon, MI | 272.0 Bu./A. with XL® 6365AM™*brand

    • Winger Farms | Oxford, IN | 271.1 Bu./A. with BECK 6589V2P

    • Donald Poore | Albany, KY | 259.9 Bu./A. with XL® 6158AM™*brand

    • Richard Lehner | Delaware, OH | 259.4 Bu./A. with XL® 6225HR™*brand

    • Steve Schuete | St. Louis, MO | 212.9 Bu./A. with XL® 6365AMX™*brand

  • One winner with the overall highest percent increase in yield over their check

    • Keith Kelsey | Mononk, IL | 92.1 Bu./A. yield increase over historical average with XL® 6165AMX™*brand


Beck's History of Raising 300 Bushel Corn

What does it take to raise 300 bushel corn? This was a question asked nearly 30 years ago by our farmer customers. Beck's responded by adding the Journey to 300 Yield Challenge Practical Farm Research Study. Since the question was asked, we have successfully hit the 300 bushel goal eight years. In 2014, Beck's hit the goal at two PFR locations for the first time.

  • 2015 (Indiana PFR): XL® 6365AM™* brand = 301.0 Bu./A.

  • 2014 (Indiana PFR): EX 1434 (6365 Genetics)* = 315.7 Bu./A.

  • 2014 (Central IL PFR): EX 1434 (6365 Genetics)* = 305.2 Bu./A.

  • 2010 (Indiana PFR): BECK 6077HR™* = 304.7 Bu./A.

  • 2009 (Idiana PFR): BECK 6733HXR™* = 320.7 Bu./A.

  • 2008 (Indiana PFR): BECK 6733HXR™* = 332.4 Bu./A.

  • 2007 (Indiana PFR): BECK 6733 = 302.9 Bu./A.

  • 1994 (Indiana PFR): BECK 5405 = 308.1 Bu./A

In 2009, we developed the Journey to 300 (formally Beck 300 Challenge.) The objective is to challenge growers to try new management practices to break 300 bushels on their farm, partner with them to greatly improve yields, and create awareness that 300 bushels per acre is possible.

In 2015, the top five participants achieved an average yield of 311.0 Bu./A., with an 84.0 Bu./A. average yield increase over their fields’ historical yields. With the top yield of 330.3 Bu./A. (XL® 6158™*brand), we're excited to announce that Mike Nocton of Richmond, IN., is the winner of Beck’s 2015 Journey to 300 yield challenge.

Past Journey to 300 Winners

 Year Name Location Brand Yield (Bu./A.)
2015 Mike Nocton Richmond, IN 6158AM™* 330.3
2014 Kevin and Stephen Williams Monticello, KY 6626AM-R™* 303.9
2013 Tom Logue Liberty, IN 6175AM™* 323.2
2012 Gary Wolfe Nevada, OH 6077HR™* 291.4
2011 Aaron Murray Findlay, OH 6077HR™* 276.3
2010 Larry Holaday Farmland, IN 5354HXR™* 280.0
2009 Donnie Poore Albany, KY 6733HXR™* 266.0

Phoenix is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company. Phoenix brand seed is distributed by Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc.*XL® brand seed is distributed by Beck’s Superior Hybrids, Inc. XL® is a registered trademark of Pioneer.