(Jamie) Welcome back! Hope you enjoy this week’s Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg Akagi) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Doug Shoup, K-State Extension Agronomist for southeast Kansas also serves as the Chair of the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contest and Doug we’re getting up into soybean harvest and we don’t want producers to forget about entering the contest for 2016. (Doug Shoup) Kansas has had a really good soybean crop over the last couple of years. We might have a good or better crop as we’ve ever had and we have a lot of acres out there this year. That’s good in a lot of respects but as good as the Chair of the Soybean Yield Contest because often the years that we have good beans, we have a lot of entries and I am looking forward to a lot of yield contrast and quality entries this year. (Greg) And you would like a lot of producers to enter the contest since it would give you more information on how they did across the state. (Doug) The idea is fun when we get together at the end of the year to see how the different regions yielded and we get to see all of the top quality soybean producers and we get to share the production practices that they did. (Greg) Is there a deadline coming up to participate in this contest? (Doug) We don’t have a deadline except for post-marking your entries to our office by December 1st. Just as long as you get that post-marked by December 1st, you’ll be entered in to the contest. The contest is free to all those who participate. When you’re getting ready to harvest your yield contest entry, we encourage you to contact your local Extension Office for those witnesses or they’ll designate someone to be a witness for you. There a lot of cash prizes for several different regions around the state. We have nine categories or nine districts that you can enter into, divided up based on geography of the state and that helps level the playing field for producers and there’s also a tillage and a no-till category. We give the number one place producer in each district $300, the second place gets $200 and the third place winner in each district and each category gets $100. (Greg) We don’t want to forget about that magical 100-acre yield number too. (Doug) We have yet in Kansas to hit a hundred bushels per acre and we’ve been awful close. If a producer is to achieve or exceed a hundred bushel and is the overall winner of the state and they would receive an extra $1,000 for their a hundred bushel achievement. (Greg) Doug, how can producers learn more about the yield and value contest? (Doug) The contest rules and the form to submit your entry into the contest is online at kansassoybeans.org. Under the association tab you will find the entry rules and the form for the yield and the quality contest. (Greg) That is Doug Shoup, the Chair of the Kansas Soybeans Yield and Value Contest. He’s been a 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) Stay tuned – we’ll be back with information about the dredging project at John Redmond Reservoir.