Ark. Soybean Yield Challenge

Three Arkansas farmers proved this past season that high soybean yields can be attained even in a drought.

Published on: Jan 21, 2013

The Arkansas Soybean Association plans to award the growers at its annual meeting Jan. 29 in Brinkley.is The winners of the 2012 Go for the Green ($$$$) Soybean Yield Challenge are:

Martin Henry of Desha County will take home a $10,000 cash award in the Early Season Production System division with a yield of 94.901 bushels per acre.  Blake Goodman of Corning will receive $10,000 in the on division with a yield of 89.586 bushels per acre and Tim Sisk of Wynne will win $7,500 in the double crop division with a yield of 78.593 bushels per acre.

Henry planted Armor DK4744 on April 1 on furrow irrigated 30-inch rows.  He harvested on August 23, 2012.  Goodman planted Pioneer 94Y70 furrow irrigated 30-inch rows.  He planted on May 12 and harvested on Oct. 3.  Sisk planted Pioneer 94Y70 on furrow irrigated 15-inch rows.  He planted on May 20 and harvested on Oct. 23.

Ark. Soybean Yield Challenge
Ark. Soybean Yield Challenge

Additional prizes in the early season division will be awarded to Paul Bingham from Trumann, Charles Poole, Sr.  of Eudora, and Kenny Qualls of Lake City.  Bingham will receive $7,500 for a second place finish of 93.57 bushels per acre.  He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 10, harvested on Sept. 11 on furrow irrigated 38" rows.  Poole will receive $5000 for 3rd place with a yield of 92.286 bushels per acre.  He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 1, harvested on Aug. 9 on furrow irrigated 38-inch twin rows.  Qualls will take home $2,500 for a 4th place finish of 92.033 bushels per acre.  He planted Asgrow 4303 on April 8 and harvested on September 7.  He planted on furrow irrigated 38-inch twin rows.

In the full season division, 2nd ($7,500) place went to Roy Bloodworth from Crawfordsville.  Bloodworth planted Pioneer 95Y31 on May 19 and harvested a yield of 70.823 bushels per acre on Nov. 11.

He planted on furrow irrigated 15-inch rows.  There were no eligible third and fourth place winners in the full season division, largely due to the unseasonably mild spring and early planting of most soybeans in 2012.

In the double crop division, 2nd place ($5,000) went to Charles Galloway from Gregory with a yield of 76.656 bushels per acre.  Galloway planted Asgrow 5503 on pivot irrigated 38-inch twin rows on June 2 and harvested on October 22.  Third place ($2,500) went to Terry Fuller of Poplar Grove with a yield of 65.54 bushels per acre. Fuller planted USG 94B81R on June 5 and harvested on October 19.  His field was pivot irrigated on 38-inch twin rows.  Fourth place went to Jeff Felts from Tillar with a yield of 64.01 bushels per acre.  Felts planted Pioneer 95Y01 on May 27 and harvested on Oct. 10.  His field was furrow irrigated on 38-inch twin rows.

The Go for the Green ($$$$) Yield Challenge is a project funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in an effort to provide Arkansas soybean producers a glimpse into how their neighbor reaches top yields.  The Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture county agents and agronomists as well as participating private agricultural consultants are a key element in the success of the program administer the program. 

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board continues its quest in the Race for 100 Yield Contest. The first producer to achieve 100 bushels per acre wins a cash prize of $50,000. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board oversees the expenditures of the Arkansas portion of the national soybean check-off program.