Kip Cullers of Purdy, Steve Riegel of Washington and Steve Turner of Hopkins are top placers in the 2011 Missouri Soybean Association Yield Contest.
Cullers won the irrigated category with a yield of 108.8 bushels per acre with Pioneer brand variety 94Y80 (RR). Riegel won the conventional category with a yield of 86.3 bushels per acre with Pioneer brand variety 93Y82 (RR). In addition, Steve Turner of Hopkins was the runner up in the conventional category with a yield of 83.3 bushels per acre with Pioneer brand variety 93Y82 (RR). Drought and other extreme weather hampered soybean crops and yields this past year in Missouri.
"We applaud these growers for demonstrating the yield potential that can be achieved with a combination of exceptional management techniques and elite soybean varieties," said Todd Frazier, Pioneer business director for Missouri and Iowa. "We're proud that the winning entries were planted with high-yielding Y Series soybean varieties from Pioneer."
"Each year we encourage farmers to try new things to raise their management level to increase their yields," said Dale Ludwig, executive director/CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association. "It is our hope that producers across the state learn from one another on ways to increase their yields each year."
Pioneer's goal is to develop and produce soybeans with higher yield potential. "New technologies are allowing researchers to develop products with a complete package of offensive and defensive characteristics to help growers succeed in a variety of environments," Frazier said.
The Missouri Soybean Association Yield Contest is an annual competition among soybean growers with the goal of producing the highest yields. Growers compete in three categories: conventional, irrigated and no-till. For a list of winners, yield results and variety numbers, go to www.mosoy.org.
Cullers established a world soybean-production record of 160.6 bushels per acre in the 2010 Missouri Soybean Association Yield Contest. He and Charlie Hinkebein, Chaffee, are so far the only members of MSA's 100 Bushel Club.
Source: Missouri Soybean Association & Pioneer