Kansas Soybean contests invite farmers to showcase yields
September 1, 2021 – New harvest season, new yield contest. The Kansas Soybean Association is calling all soybean farmers in Kansas to enter their competitive soybean crop into the Kansas Soybean Yield Contest by December 1.
“Last year’s contest saw several 100-bushel-plus yields as well as a new statewide record,” contest committee member Gail Kueser says. “We want to see those results again in the 2021 contest and invite every soybean farmer in the state to participate.”
Aside from recognition for high-yielding soybeans, participants are eligible for monetary awards. The Kansas Soybean Commission sponsors a prize for the top three finishers in each district, as well as an additional $1,000 for the overall dryland and irrigated winners and any who top the 114.3 bushel-per-acre record. The amounts per district are that first place receives $300, second will earn $200, and third will receive $100.
Districts are determined by region, tillage method and irrigation status, with a total of 18 districts in consideration. No-till on the Plains supplies additional awards in the no-till categories. Farmers may enter multiple categories, but only one entry per field.
Eligible fields must consist of at least five contiguous acres as verified by the Farm Service Agency, GPS printout or manual measurement. A non-relative witness, either Kansas State Research and Extension personnel or a specified designee, must be present at harvest and should ensure that the combine grain hopper is empty prior to harvest. Official elevator-scale tickets with moisture percentage and foreign matter included must accompany entries to be considered.
The statewide Kansas Soybean Value Contest that analyzes protein, oil and other soybean qualities is also open for entries. Entrants submit 20-ounce samples, which are evaluated by Ag Processing, Inc. to determine the value. Monetary awards are also given to the three highest-value entries. Farmers may enter both the yield and value contests.
Results of the contests are to be shared January 12, 2022, at the Kansas Soybean Expo during the luncheon portion of the event.
A full guide of contest rules and regulations are available at kansassoybeans.org/contests, as well as a newly-available online entry form. Questions may be directed to the Kansas Soybean office by phone at 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923) or to local KSRE offices.