The Virginia Soybean Association in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension would like to announce the 2017 Virginia Soybean Yield Contest. The purpose of the Virginia Soybean Yield Contest is to emphasize and demonstrate the practices necessary to produce maximum economic yields, to recognize those producers who grow high-yielding soybeans, and to gather data on the practices utilized by these outstanding producers. With the help of various seed companies, we reward and promote the achievements of Virginia’s most productive soybean farmers.
There are four Soybean Yield Contest categories: 1) Full-Season, Non-irrigated; 2) Double-Crop, Non-irrigated; and 3) Irrigated (encompasses Full-Season and Double-Crop); and 4) Most Efficient Yield (MEY). First, second, and third place winners of the full-season, double-crop, and irrigated contest will be recognized with appropriate trophies or plaques. In addition, cash awards of $200, $100, and $50 will be presented to the first, second, and third place winners in each of these categories. The winner of the MEY contest will receive a plaque declaring him or her the most efficient soybean producer in Virginia for that year.
In addition, the United Soybean Board is supporting a Soybean Quality Contest for the 2017 season. The Iowa State University Grain Quality Lab with evaluate these samples for protein, oil, and other quality measures. You can obtain a sample bag from me. If you do not have one at the time of harvest, just save a seed sample in a 1 gallon bag and send in to my office.
Printable entry forms and contest details can be obtained from your County Agent or on my website: (https://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/tidewater/extension/soybean.html). I look forward to seeing your entries.