Not only does a grower want to produce a lot of soybeans, he must produce those soybeans efficiently if he wants to be ultimately successful. That was exactly what Union County's Cox Brothers Farm proved they were capable of doing recently, by winning the state's Most Efficient Yield (MEY contest). The award was announced, Jan. 17, during the 24th Annual Joint Commodities Conference in Durham, North Carolina.
Their field of double-cropped AG5632 variety was produced for $3.26 per bushel. They planted 140,000 seeds per acre in 15-inch rows on June 20. Their county Extension agent is Andrew Baucom.
North Carolina State University's Tom Melton, deputy director of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, made the award announcements.
In addition to the overall Most Efficent Yield winner Melton also announced the regional MEY winners in the state in 2012.
• The Most Efficient Yield in the Northern Coastal Plain was Bert Dixon's state yield contest winning field of double-cropped AG6732. His total cost of production was $3.33 per bushel. Bert is from Greene County, and his county Extension agent is Roy Thaggard, Jr.
• The Most Efficient Yield in the Northern Piedmont was produced by Doug Sockwell, from Guilford County. Doug produced his beans for $3.51 per bushel. He planted Asgrow's AG5331 variety, double-cropped, on June 14. He planted in 7-inch rows, at 54 pounds of seed per acre. His county Extension agent is Wick Wickliffe.
• The Most Efficient Yield in the Tidewater area was produced by Craig Croft, from Perquimans County. Craig produced his beans for $3.97 per bushel. Craig planted Pioneer's 95M82, double-cropped, on June 22. He planted in 7- inch rows at 50 pounds of seed per acre. His county Extension agent is Lewis Smith, Jr.
• In the Most Efficient Yield, or MEY, contest, the most efficient yield in the Southern Coastal Plain was Moses Farmer's field of double-cropped AG7231 variety. His total cost of production was only $4.89 per bushel. Moses is from Harnett County, and his county Extension agent is Brian Parrish.
The soybean awards are sponsored by the N.C. Soybean Producers Association. N.C. State University Cooperative Extension administers the contest.
The Annual Joint Commodities Conference is the combined conference of the soybean, small grain, corn and cotton grower associations in the state.