2020 winners

State Champion honors in the 2020 Kentucky Soybean Yield Contest went to Ken-Maur Farms of Daviess County. Pictured left to right are UK Soybean Specialist Dr. Carrie Knott, UK County Extension Agent Clint Hardy, Lynn, Scott and Grady Ebelhar, and Kentucky Soybean Production Committee Chairman Jeff King. The Ebelhars grew AgriGold G3722RX beans for a 106.51 bu/A yield, and both Lynn and Grady are shown sporting their 100 Bushel Club jackets. The 2020 contest was sponsored by Pioneer, FMC, AgriGold, Beck’s, DEKALB/ASGROW, Channel, NK Seeds, and Stine.

As Kentucky soybean farmers prepare to fire up their combines for harvest, the Kentucky Soybean Board and Association, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension program and sponsoring industry partners, want to remind producers of the 2021 Kentucky Soybean Yield and Quality Contest.

The state record for full-season soybeans currently stands at 108.39 bushels per acre and was set in 2018 by Waller Brothers Farms in Union County. The farmers who compose the Production Committee have put a bounty on the 120-bushel mark. The first operation with a full-season entry to break the 120-bushel barrier will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and two “120 Bushel Club” jackets. If more than one operation exceeds this milestone in the first year, the entry with the highest yield will receive the cash award. All entries in excess of 120 bushels per acre will receive 120 Bushel Club jackets.

All operations with full-season entries documenting yield above the 100-bushel mark will receive two “100 Bushel Club” embroidered jackets. Operations with double-crop entries above the 80-bushel mark will receive two “80 Bushel Club” jackets. Jackets in all categories are in addition to cash prizes and plaques.

Anyone (owner-operator, tenant, or tenant-landlord) who produces ten (10) acres or more of soybeans in Kentucky is eligible to enter.

More than one entry can be submitted by the same operation, if the entries are from different fields. Operations with more than one entry will be eligible for only one award for each category. There are four yield contest categories, and the contest will pay out prize money for first and second place in each category:

Single-Crop — Non-Irrigated

Single-Crop — Irrigated

Double-Crop — Non-Irrigated

Double-Crop — Irrigated

Awards will be given for first and second place in both Highest% Protein and Highest% Oil categories in the Quality Awards portion of the contest. County contest supervisors will also be awarded cash prizes in a number of categories.

There are no restrictions on management practices. New this year — to be eligible for cash awards in the yield contest, all yield entries must submit a quality entry. Deadline for contest entries is November 15, and complete Yield and Quality Contest information may be found at www.kysoy.org.