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Kentucky Soybean Farmers Set Records on Many Levels
Kentucky Ag Connection - 01/04/2021

In such a turbulent year, the Kentucky Soybean Board and Kentucky Soybean Association announced the records that were set in the 2020 soybean production contest.

First, this year's crop had the most entries to exceed the 100 bushel per acre mark. Nine contest plots yielded in excess of 100 bushels per acre. Each of those operations will be inducted into the prestigious100 Bushel Club and will receive two 100 Bushel Club jackets.

Second, the greatest soybean oil concentration was documented at 26.71 percent.

Third, the contest had the greatest average yield for full-season soybean entries since it began in 1980 -- 87.39 bushels per acre.

Finally, for the first time in contest history one operation won first place for both full season and double crop non-irrigated soybean yield.

The full set of contest results and agronomic practices are available at

In an effort to encourage producers to strive for higher yields and higher levels of oil and protein, the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board (KSPB) continues to partner with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and participating agribusinesses Pioneer, FMC, AgriGold, Beck's Hybrids, Dekalb/AsGrow, Channel, NK and Stine for the Kentucky Soybean Quality and Yield Contest.

The quality contest was developed to encourage producers to strive for not only high levels of yield, but also high-quality beans. Both contests promote the use of best practices to increase profitability for the betterment of Kentucky agriculture.

Any producer (owner-operator, tenant, or tenant-landlord) who produces ten acres or more of soybeans in the Commonwealth is eligible to enter in either the Single-Crop or Double-Crop Yield Division. Anyone entering the yield contest is also eligible to enter the quality portion of the contest.

Awards are as follows: the championship entry in both single- and double-crop non-irrigated soybeans will receive a plaque and $1,000. The second-place entry in each division will receive $500 and a plaque. The same awards will be given in the irrigated division. Area award winners will receive a plaque and $100. The overall highest yield entry earned the title of State Champion and will receive a traveling trophy, plaque and bragging rights for the year.

The outstanding county contest supervisors will also be recognized and rewarded for their efforts. The supervisor with the State Champion from his/her county will receive a $250 cash award. The supervisor who submits completed entries having the highest average yield for the top 3 entries will also receive a $250 cash award. A $500 cash award will be presented to the supervisor with the most completed entries from his/her county.

In the quality portion of the contest, the entries with the highest percent protein and highest percent oil will receive $500, with $250 awarded to second place in each category.

Those who serve on the Kentucky Soybean Association Board and/or the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board are ineligible for monetary awards.

County Supervisor Awards will be presented to Clint Hardy of Daviess County, supervisor with the winning entry, supervisor with the most entries submitted and supervisor with the highest average yield for top three entries. Other supervisors with three or more entries include Anna Winchell of Daviess County, Mike Smith and Andrew Rideout of Henderson County, Danny Adams of Wayne County and Matt Adams of Hardin County.

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