2013 marks the 8th annual soybean yield contest sponsored by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee (MSPC) and Spartan Agricultural Consulting, LLC. The goal of the contest is to increase soybean yield and profitability in Michigan by determining the best management practices of winners.
This year's contest boasted 64 entries from 51 farmers representing 17 counties. The highest overall yield was 97.57 bushels per acre for a Group 2 non-irrigated variety by Vic Wolfert of Zeeland. The second highest winning yield was 84.34 bushels per acre for a Group 2 irrigated variety by Don Stall of Charlotte.
The 2013 winners recorded the following results:
Class A; Group 3 Non-irrigated John Secord, Monroe County 78.10 bu/A.
Class B; Group 3 Irrigated Cameron Mendenhall, Cass County 76.77 bu/A/
Class C; Group 2 Non-irrigated Vic Wolfert, Allegan County 97.57 bu/A.
Class D; Group 2; Irrigated Don Stall, Eaton County 84.34 bu/A.
Class E; Group 1 Greg Wagner, Tuscola County 71.90 bu/A.
For the second consecutive year, the average yield of the five winners topped 80 bushels per acre, despite a contrast of weather for the past two years; drought in 2012 and excessive rainfall in 2013. In 2012, the contest recorded the first 100+ bushel yield, with three other yields in the 90's and ten yields in the 80's. For 2013, there was one yield of 97+, two yields reported in the 80's and many yields in the 70's.
Winners of the yield contest receive a personalized jacket, a trophy, and $1,000 or reimbursed expenses to the 2014 Commodity Classic. All others who complete the contest receive a personalized hat, their entry fee applied toward a 2014 membership in the Michigan Soybean Association and $50 of biodiesel "bucks."
A summary of the 2013 contest will be presented by Ned Birkey of Spartan Agricultural Consulting at an award ceremony on Jan. 22 beginning at 4:30 p.m. held in conjunction with the Great Lakes Crop Summit at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino in Battle Creek. Additionally, the farmers with the highest reported yields will discuss their management practices. A presentation of the "Top Ten Factors Affecting Yields in Eight Years of the Michigan Soybean Yield Contest" will be given at the four regional SMaRT meetings, scheduled for the last week of January.
For more information on the Soybean Yield Contest, visit www.michigansoybean.org