Sorghum Yield Contest

Go For 250

The Sorghum Checkoff is an elite supporter of the National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. This contest provides sorghum farmers with the opportunity to showcase their sorghum crop, while competing with farmers from across the nation. Not only does the yield contest allow for the opportunity to recognize some of the best growers in the U.S., it also helps farmers grow and learn from one another.

In 2014, the National Sorghum Producers set a yield goal of 250 bushels per acre or more to illustrate sorghum's yield potential. To aid in the quest for 250 bushels per acre, the Sorghum Checkoff is sponsoring incentives via awards to growers who reach the new benchmark.

Contestants who successfully reach the 250 bushel mark will receive:

truck prize


1st place

Three-year truck lease
(Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet or Toyota)

atv prize


2nd place

All-terrain vehicle

lawnmower prize


3rd place

Riding lawn mower

2017 National Winners


Dryland Conventional-Till - Winter Johnston 
Pennsylvania, Fulton County - 228.07 bu/A - Pioneer 84G62

Sam Santini, Jr.

Dryland Double Crop - Stephanie Santini
New Jersey, Warren County - 192.11 bu/A - Pioneer 85Y40

Robert Santini Jr

Dryland No-Till - Harry Johnston
Pennsylvania, Fulton County - 226.31 bu/A - DEKALB DKS37-07

Robert Santini Jr

Dryland Reduced Till - Robert Santini Jr.
New Jersey, Warren County - 198.00 bu/A - Pioneer 84G62

Ball Farms

Irrigated Conventional-Till - Ball Farms
Idaho, Canyon County - 212.70 bu/A - Pioneer 87P06

Jeff Scates

Irrigated Double Crop - Jeff Scates
Illinois, Gallatin County - 188.22 bu/A - Pioneer 84G62

Robert Santini Sr.

Irrigated No-Till - Robert Santini Sr.
New Jersey, Warren County - 220.49 bu/A - Pioneer 85Y40

Mike Baker

Irrigated Reduced-Till - Mike Baker
Nebraska, Hitchcock County - 202.25 bu/A - Fontanelle G6192

Ron Robison

Non-Irrigated and Irrigated Food Grade - Ron Robison
Nebraska, Harlan County - 161.88 bu/A (non-irrigated) and 191.43 bu/A (irrigated) - Pay Dirt J300