Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Doug Shoup, who serves as the Chair of the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contest joins us. And Doug the results are in and it was an outstanding year once again for those who participate. (Doug) That’s right Greg, we had actually a really good yield across the whole state for all of our soybean producers. I think our final state tally came in at around 37 or 38 bushels per acre. And I think as a result of that we had our highest participation ever in the Kansas Soybean Yield Contest. We had 54 entries that submitted for the Yield Contest. And even on the Quality Contest we had 26 entries into that section as well. And so both of them were record participation this year and I do think it’s a reflection of actually how good the overall crops were across the state of Kansas. Now looking at some historical data. Actually this is the 20th year since the Yield Contest has been resurrected in 1996 by Gary Kilgore. I looked at some data, overall state average has only gained about five bushel but our elite soybean producers that enter into the Yield Contest have gained 12 bushels per acre over that last 20 years and so really we’ve got the cream of the crop that enter into this contest. Our overall this year for our dryland winner, we had the overall winner for the state was an individual Jason Taylor from Doniphan County, raised a yield of 86.03 bushels per acre on dryland. That was five acres of dryland soybeans that made over 86 bushels per acre. So, he was our dryland winner. The overall irrigation winner and the state overall high winner was Richard Seck of Reno County and he had an overall yield increase or overall yield of 96.49 bushels per acre. So, excellent yields, however, we’re still holding out or we’re still waiting for that 100 bushel per acre yield that we’re expecting out of our Yield Contest. So, in addition to the Yield Contest we have also a Quality Contest that we conduct with the Kansas Soybean Association. This year’s winner was from Saline County. It was Mark Pettijohn of Kansas JAG Limited. He had an overall premium on his soybeans of an additional nearly 65 cents per bushel and that was due to higher oil and higher protein content and shows really the quality of the soybeans that we can grow here in the state of Kansas. (Greg) Well Doug, as always, we appreciate your time. (Doug) You bet. I look forward to another contest in 2016. (Greg) That is Doug Shoup, K-State Research and Extension Agronomist for Southeast Kansas and serves as the Chair of the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contest. He’s been our guest on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break Duane visits with Mike Irvin about minimizing an operation’s legal risks.