The Arkansas Soybean Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Go for the Green ($$$$) Soybean Yield Challenge. Paul Bingham of Truman took home a $10,000 cash award in the Early Season Production System division with a yield of 93.96 bushels/acres. Perry Galloway of Gregory won $10,000 in the full season division with a yield of 82.07 bushels/acre and Terry Fuller from Poplar Grove won $7500 in the double crop division with a yield of 55.94 bushels/acre.
Winners were announced and recognized at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Soybean Association on January 26, 2012 in Brinkley.
Bingham planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 9, 2011 on furrow irrigated 38” twin rows. He harvested on September 13, 2011. Galloway planted Pioneer 94Y40 furrow irrigated 38” twin rows. He planted on May 9 and harvested on September 29. Fuller planted USG 74E88 on pivot irrigated 37” twin rows. He planted on June 10 and harvested on October 4.
Additional prizes in the early season division were awarded to Garrett Qualls from Lake City, Charles (Pete) Poole from Eudora, and Mike Hook from Lake City. Qualls received $7500 for a second place finish of 93.84 bushels/acre. He planted Asgrow 4303 on April 8, harvested on September 16 on furrow irrigated 38” twin rows. Poole received $5000 for 3rd place with a yield of 92.70 bushels/acre. He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 2, harvested on August 25 on furrow irrigated 38” twin rows. Hook took home $2500 for a 4th place finish of 90.80 bushels/acre. He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on April 7 and harvested on September 13. He planted on furrow irrigated 38” rows.
In the full season division 2nd ($7500), 3rd ($5000), and 4th ($2500) place went to Blake Goodman from Gregory, Mike Taylor from Helena, and Eddie Tackett from Atkins respectively.
Goodman planted Pioneer 94Y70 on May 18 and harvested a yield of 80.11 on October 14. He planted on furrow irrigated 30” rows. Taylor planted Asgrow 4605 on May 4 and harvested a yield of 74.52 on September 28. He planted on furrow irrigated 38” rows. Tackett planted Armor 46R42 on April 28 and harvested a yield of 71.07 bushels/acre on October 5. His field was furrow irrigated and drilled.
In the double crop division 2nd place ($5000) went to Alan Hargraves from Helena with a yield of 53.17 bushels/acre. Hargraves planted Asgrow 4907 on June 2 and harvested on October 10. His field
was furrow irrigated on 38” twin rows. Third place ($2500) went to Marty Williams of Wynne with a yield of 50.76 bushels/acre. Williams planted Armor 49V6 on June 14, harvested on October 22. His field was furrow irrigated on 15” rows.
The Go for the Green ($$$$) Yield Challenge is funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in an effort to provide Arkansas soybean producers a glimpse into how his neighbor reaches top yields and provide information and tools to our soybean producers. The contest is administered by the Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture county agents and agronomists are key to the success of the program.
This contest is in addition to the Race for 100 Yield Contest, also sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. The first producer to achieve 100 bushels/acre receives a cash prize of $50,000.
Watch for announcements on the 2012 Yield Contests. All soybean producers in Arkansas are eligible to enter. Additional production information is available on the website of the Arkansas Soybean Association (www.arkansassoybean.com).
Information provided by Dawn Howe, Arkansas Soybean Association