Area growers place in contest

MONTEZUMA — Two Montezuma corn growers have placed in the 2012 National Corn Growers’ Association’s Corn Yield Contest in Kansas.

Josh Koehn won first place in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated division with Pioneer brand hybrid 33D53AM-R, which yielded 307 bushels per acre. Fred S. Goossen took second place with Pioneer brand hybrid P1625HR, which yielded 306 bushels per acre.

Vern Nightengale of Ingalls also placed in the NCGA Corn Yield Contest, earning first place in the Irrigated division with Pioneer brand hybrid P1625HR, yielding 324 bushels per acre.

Koehn Goossen and Nightengale earned three of the 274 state titles won by growers planting Pioneer hybrids. The NCGA awarded 421 state titles in this year’s contest. Growers planting Pioneer hybrids dominated the contest and won 65 percent of all state awards presented.

The NCGA Corn Yield Contest is an annual competition among corn producers with the goal of producing the highest yields. In the contest, growers compete within a variety of corn production classes, including non-irrigated, no-till/strip-till non-irrigated, no-till-strip-till irrigated, ridge-till non-irrigated, ridge-till irrigated and irrigated classes.

Claims deadline announced

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reminds Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in past decades that the deadline to file claims is March 25.

Claims must be postmarked on or before that date to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness.

The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied his or her application for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. As announced in February 2011, the claims process will make available at least $1.33 billion for cash awards and tax relief payments and up to $160 million in farm debt relief to eligible Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers. There are no filing fees.

The department will continue to reach out to potential claimants nationwide to allow all those who may be eligible the chance to participate.

Call center representatives may be reached at (888) 508-4429.

Claimants may register for a claims package by calling that number or visiting the website at and downloading forms there.

All those interested in learning more or receiving information about the claims process and claims packages are encouraged to attend meetings in their communities about the process, consult the website at any time or call the call center telephone number 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

Farmland values webinar topic

MANHATTAN—Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host a webinar addressing Kansas farmland values and rental rates on Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Mykel Taylor, assistant professor in the department will present the webinar. She, along with Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State Research and Extension state leader in agricultural economics, recently completed a study on Kansas land values and rental rates.

The webinar is free and pre-registration is not required. Maximum number of spaces available is 150. Spots are first-come, first-served.

The webinar is hosted using Adobe Connect.

To ensure that computer and speakers work correctly for the webinar, participants are encouraged to visit to run a computer test.

The webinar will be held in an online meeting room accessible through the link: Click the button to “Login as Guest” then enter a name. Participants will be able to ask questions using the chat.

For more information, contact Rich Llewelyn at

Four named to NCC leadership

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four Kansas cotton industry members have been elected to leadership positions on the National Cotton Council for 2013.

Kent Goyen, a Pratt producer, was re-elected as Kansas chairman of the NCC’s American Cotton Producers.

Thomas L. Lahey, a Moscow producer; Stuart C. Briggeman, a Pratt producer; and Gary D. Feist, a ginner from Anthony, were elected as the NCC’s Kansas state unit chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively.

The cotton industry leaders were named to their posts during the recent 2013 NCC Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tenn. As the unifying force of the U.S. cotton industry, the Memphis-based NCC brings together industry representatives from the 17 cotton-producing states to establish policies reflecting the common interests and promoting mutual benefits for its broad membership and ancillary industries.

The NCC’s mission is ensuring the ability of all industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.

The U.S. cotton industry provides employment for some 200,000 Americans and generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity.