Two winners from south-central Kansas
A Haven farmer was among producers who recorded some of the top soybean yields in Kansas.
Sam Miller, Haven, was the Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contest's overall irrigated winner winner with a yield of 92.12 bushels an acre.
Gleue Farms, LeRoy, topped the dryland entries with 85.69 bushels an acre. Getman Brothers Farm, Columbus, won the value contest with a protein and oil premium of $0.94 per bushel -- or 7.2 percent over the cash price.
"These contests recognize outstanding Kansas soybean farmers and provide fun incentives for them to increase soybean yields and protein and oil contents," said Gary Kilgore, Chanute, a Kansas State University professor emeritus of agronomy who coordinates the contests. "They also allow the Kansas Soybean Association, with financial support from the Kansas Soybean Commission, to share the information participants learned to help all Kansas soybean farmers grow higher yielding and more profitable soybeans."
The 24 winners in 11 categories had verified yields averaging 75.61 bushels per acre, compared to the reported state average of 35 bushels per acre in 2013. While the contest winners' average increased by nearly 8 bushels per acre from 2012, the state average increased 13 bushels per acre.
The top three entries in the quality contest averaged a $0.93 (7.1 percent) premium over the $13.05 cash price for their protein and oil contents. In 2012, that average was $1.10 (7.3 percent) above the $15.05 cash price.
Miller also won the statewide conventional-till irrigated contest.
The Kansas Soybean Association presented the state and district winners with plaques or certificates and monetary prizes from the Kansas Soybean Commission at the Kansas Soybean Expo, Jan. 8 in Topeka. The highest dryland and irrigated yields in the state each received a $1,000 award. In each district, first place won $300, second earned $200, and third received $100. No-till on the Plains supplied additional prizes for the no-till categories.
Complete results and the award photos are available via http://KansasSoybeans.org/contests on the Web.