LANSING — 2017 marked the 12th year for a soybean yield contest in Michigan. The goals of the contest are to increase soybean yield and profitability in Michigan. The contest is a “fun” incentive for Michigan farmers to work at these goals. The contest information is used to increase farmer attention to the agronomics and management of soybean production.
The contest is sponsored by the Michigan soybean checkoff program and Spartan Agricultural Consulting, LLC.
For the 2017 contest, there were 89 entries from 83 farmers from 23 counties. The highest overall yield was 104.96 bushels per acre by Don Stall of Charlotte. Don has achieved over 100 bushels per acre of soybeans for five of the past six years. He first achieved over 100 bushels per acre in 2012, besting that yield ever since, with a record high yield for Michigan of 118.91 bushels per acre in 2016.
For 2017 the winners and their yields were:
- Class A; Late Maturity Non-irrigated Mark Rief of Saginaw County 73.88 bu/A.
- Class B; Late Maturity Irrigated Don Stall of Eaton County 104.96 bu/A.
- Class C; Mid Maturity Non-irrigated Brian Rueger of Bay County 80.90 bu/A.
- Class D; Mid Maturity Irrigated Scott Jirgens of Kalamazoo County 80.59 bu/A.
- Class E; Early Maturity Don Rueger of Bay County 72.60 bu/A.
- Class F; non-GMO Jerry Poortenga of Ottawa County 68.78 bu/A.
The winners will receive a trophy suitable for their farm office and other prizes from some of the fourteen soybean seed companies represented in the contest and participating chemical companies. Second place and all farmers who completed the contest will receive a personalized soybean contest hat and other prizes from soybean seed and chemical companies.
Award presentations will be made at the Great Lakes Crops Summit at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant on January 31, 2018.
Participating soybean seed companies for the 2017 contest included: Asgrow, Channel, CPS Dyna-Gro, Credenz, Cropland, Dairyland, Golden Harvest, Great Lakes, Mycogen, NK Syngenta, Pioneer, Renk, Seed Consultants and Stine. A summary of the contest will be published in the Spring 2018 Michigan Soybean News magazine. Additional information will be posted on the michigansoybean.org website. For more information about the contest results contact Ned Birkey of Spartan Ag at email@example.com or 734 260 3442.
— Ned Birkey, MSU Extension Educator Emeritus/ Spartan Agricultural Consulting, LLC
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