The South Dakota Soybean Association recently launched the Second Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest for the 2011 growing season.
All South Dakota soybean farmers who produce 10 or more acres of soybeans are eligible to enter. Farmers can enter the yield contest based on soybean maturity groups 0, 1, 2 and 3, with three categories in each group: irrigated, non-irrigated and no-till.
South Dakota Soybean will award prizes to the top entrants in each category:
1. First place winners in each category receive $1,000 cash and up to $1,500 for a non-transferable trip for two to Commodity Classic in Nashville, Tennessee.
2. Second place winners in each category receive $500 cash.
3. Third place winners in each category receive $300 cash.
The Soybean Quality Contest is an additional component of this year's yield contest, and is optional to enter. The soybean quality contest analyzes protein and oil content, and the two highest quality beans in each maturity group will receive a $200 cash prize. Farmers must enter the South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest in order to enter the Soybean Quality Contest.
You can enter online and find additional information at www.sdsoybean.org/yieldcontest. Entries are due on or before Aug. 20.
Last year, there were more than 100 entries in the contest. The top soybean yields ranged from 50 to over 80 bushels per acre.
The contest was divided into nine different categories, based on soybean maturity levels from Group 0 to Group 3, as well as by farming methods, such as irrigated, non-irrigated and no-till.
See last year's winners at: http://www.sdsoybean.org/images/File/Yield-Contest-Winners-Spreadsheet-2010-Yield-Contest-Harvest-1-.pdf.
The contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and is managed by the South Dakota Soybean Association.
Source: SD Soybean Association