American Farm Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 2026
Easton, MD 21601
Content View Hits : 3079686
All ears on Hula while speaking at ’12 Classic
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
CENTREVILLE, Md. — David Hula, of Virginia’s Renwood Farms, the nation’s acknowledged ‘corn king,’ attracted a farm crowd approaching 300 to a hot but breeze-swept Queen Anne’s County Fairgrounds on July 26 to hear his recipe for record-shattering corn yields.
Hula headlined the program for the 2012 edition of the Maryland Commodity Classic, the largest single annual gathering of grain and soybean farmers in the state.
Earlier in the afternoon program, Dr. Robert Kratochvil, University of Maryland Extension grain and oilseed specialist, was awarded the coveted Dr. James R. Miller Award for outstanding service to the state’s agricultural industry.
He is the 25th winner of the award, initiated in 1988 by the Maryland Grain Producers Association.
The classic is hosted by MGPA the Maryland Soybean Board, the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board and the Mid-Atlatic Soybean Association.
Also six college students, each intending to pursue a career in agriculture were awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board, a segment of MGPA which administers the state’s corn and grain checkoff program.
Hula last year managed to harvest 300 acres of a field that, hours later, was flattened by Hurrricane Irene.
From that field came his record-breaking entry of 429 bushels an acre — his fourth National Corn Growers Association championship since 2003.
‘There is no silver bullet to high yield corn production,” he told his fellow growers seated in the shade of the park’s pavilion.
You chose the correct variety for your farm and your soil, you work constantly to maintain a healthy crop and you keep your equipment in top working condition, he said.
Hula calls his recipe “The farmer’s hand for success” because there are five major considerations.
They are the little finger: A positive attitude; the index finger: A precisely fine-tuned method of production for maintaining a healthy crop; the middle finger: “That’s the mechanical finger. ... Realize that it’s going to break down;” the index finger: The ring finger, “picking a variety is like picking a spouse: If it’s not right it’s going to cost you;” and the thumb: “That’s the one that holds the pen while you are writing the check.”
Asked about his crop this year, Hula acknowledged that his area — north of Williamsburg along the James River, at Charles City, has had rain, was not in drought and that his crop “was above average.”
“What we’ve irrigated looks good,” he said. “We are blessed with what we have.”