Doug Shoup – Soybean Yield Contest

(Doug) Good morning, I’m Doug Shoup. I’m an agronomist for Kansas State Research and Extension. I am also a part of the Kansas Soybean Association as the K-State representative. So, one of my tasks as a representative of the association is I’m in charge of the Soybean Yield and Value Contest. And we’re in the middle of soybean harvest right now and so it’s just a friendly reminder, we do have a soybean yield contest. This is a great way for the Soybean Association to recognize those farmers that do a lot of the management things, from plant populations to plant dates, proper nutrition and adequate control of all of our pests throughout the season and if we have favorable weather conditions we can harvest a big yield. And so, the winners are announced and recognized during the luncheon of the Kansas Soybean Expo that will be January 8th in Topeka, Kansas, during the Kansas, Topeka Farm Show. Now if you’re going to enter the soybean yield contest there are a few things that you do need to know. First of all is that each entry has to be witnessed by an unbiased person, preferably we prefer the county extension agent. But if they are unable to make it, they can designate a person that say works for the USDA or maybe an FFA advisor or even a person who works for the bank, can be an appropriate witness to be there during the harvest. Each field can be, at least has to be, five contiguous acres. And we can take FSA map records, if a whole field wants to be entered. But if the outside edges or certain parts of the fields are cut out ahead of time those five contiguous acres will need to be measured, either by hand with a tape measure or a measuring wheel or we can now use GPS hand held devices. Or even some of the apps that we can download on our smart phones can serve as a measurement tool. Each field needs to be taken to the elevator. Moisture and test weight, foreign matter need to be measured as well as the weight of the sample. And that combined with number of acres that were cut we’ll use to figure up the final yield. Now, to keep kind of an even playing field, we have broken the state up into eight different regions based on weather, precipitation, annual temperature and also, of course we have different soil types across the state as well. So, we break those out into eight different regions. Within each region we do recognize winners in both conventional, or at least reduced till. And also winners for no till categories. as well. At the expo we do recognize the overall winner for each region in each category. Also the second and third place winners do get recognized as well. There are monetary prizes involved, which is kind of nice. The first place winner of each region in each categories gets $300 dollars, second place $200 dollars and third place gets $100. We do also have a bigger award given to the overall winner across the state for both dry land and irrigated categories. Each of those winners get a $1000 dollars. And we’ve added something new this year, we’re trying to see if we can get to that first ever 100 bushel per acre yield mark. And so the first person with the overall highest yield this year we’re gonna recognize with an additional $1000 dollars if they are over 100 bushels per acre. Now, that is the yield component. We also have a value component. Any producer is eligible to submit about a 20 ounce sample that we’ll measure for both oil and protein. And we’ll assign a value to those beans, kind of a premium if you will. And we’ll recognize those winners on a statewide basis. with $300, $200 and $100 dollars for the first, second and third place winner as well. Couple of things, couple of deadlines to be familiar with is that all the entries must be postmarked by December 1st, so there are still two or three more weeks left to get those entries in. Now, a couple other things to have on your calendar this winter is we’ve had some success with soybean schools last year and this has been sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission. And so we’ll be traveling around the state again this winter, the first week of February. We’ll have a soybean school in Independence in southeast Kansas. In south central Kansas we’re gonna be at Derby. In central Kansas we will be at Salina. And then in northeast Kansas, we’re gonna try and target the Sabetha area for a soybean school to have that first week of February. We’ve had a lot of success with those schools, had some really nice attendance. It’s a good way for producers to get together in the winter and learn about all facets of soybean production from cultural practices to fertility, pest management and even some marketing things as well.

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