Dowdy Posts Historic Yields
Georgia grower is the first farmer in the world to produce 400-bushel corn and 100-bushel soybeans in the same year.STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAN MILLER, PROGRESSIVE FARMER, NOVEMBER 2014
Randy Dowdy confessed to being a bit stressed on this day in late August, an ever present can of 7UP in his hand. The corn-growing champion, who produced a pair of 400-bushel entries in the 2013 National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) National Corn Yield Contest, had set his sights higher this year. He wanted to send another 400-bushel entry to the corn contest and produce the first-ever, certified 100-bushel-per-acre soybean yield in Georgia.