The Nevada Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2013 Story County Master Grower Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 a.m. at Gates Hall in Nevada. The breakfast was catered by Country House of Colo. There were approximately 45 people in attendance, including area growers, sponsors and crop measurers.

Kyle Hansen served as the master of ceremonies for the breakfast. Hansen represented Hertz Farm Management and the Nevada Chamber of Commerce. He thanked this year’s sponsors: Allen L. Kockler Company, Central Iowa Building Systems, Inc., Community Bank, Great Western Bank, Hertz Farm Management, Lincolnway Energy, Midwest Insurance Corporation, Nevada Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Economic Development Council, Sheets Seed Supply – Pioneer Seed, Skinner & Associates, Story County Extension & Outreach, Syngenta, U.S. Bank and VanWall Equipment.

Brent Metzger of Key Cooperative recognized crop measurers and presented awards to this year’s winners as follows:

1st year corn – 1st place – Suekie, Inc., Colo, with 241.94 bushels per acre; 2nd place – Forth Farms, Gilbert, with 221.10 bushels per acre; 3rd place – Perry Ritland, Zearing, with 220.99 bushels per acre

2nd year corn – 1st place – Steve Forth, Gilbert, with 202.17 bushels per acre; 2nd place – Mike Wright, Nevada, with 180.20 bushels per acre

Soybeans – 1st place – Tim Couser, Nevada, with 59.24 bushels per acre

Bill Holstine of Hertz Farm Management provided a summary of the 2013 growing season.

The featured speaker was Matt Helmers of Iowa State University. Helmers is the dean’s professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. Dr. Helmers’ research areas include studies on the impact of nutrient management, cropping practices, drainage design and management, and strategic placement of buffer systems on nutrient export from agricultural landscapes. He has a regional Extension program working to increase adoption of practices that have the potential to reduce downstream nutrient export.

The Nevada Chamber of Commerce is a community-minded business organization that works with local businesses and organizations to make advancements in commerce, agriculture, industry, retailing, government, education, manpower, professional services, recreation, transportation and consumer relations for the community of Nevada.