On Thursday, January 13th, Dr. Jim Dunphy, NCSU Extension soybean specialist presented the 2010 soybean production awards at the 22nd Annual Joint Commodities Conference in New Bern, NC. They are as follows:
The highest yield in the Southern Coastal Plain area was 55.0 Bu/A produced by Henry Dail from Duplin County. Dial planted Pioneer’s 95M82 at 50 pounds of seed per acre, in 7.5 inch rows on June 25th, double-cropping behind wheat. He had disked the field once.
The highest yield in the Northern Coastal Plain area was 70.1 BU/A produced by Harris Farms from Greene County. Brothers Ted and Pat Harris planted Progeny’s 4807 RR at 42 pounds per acre, in 30-inch rows, on May 22nd. This field was also disked once, and irrigated with swine waste twice.
In the Northern Piedmont, Kevin Matthews from Forsyth County had the highest yield at 76.6 Bu/A. Kevin planted 120,000 seeds per acre of Pioneer’s 94Y90 in 20-inch rows on May 10th. He had leveled the field, but otherwise used no tillage on this field.
The third highest soybean yield in the state came out of the Tidewater area of the state, with 81.7 Bu/A produced by Ricky Stallings from Perquimans County. Ricky planted 58 pounds per acre of Syngenta’s S44-D5 in 10-inch rows on May 31st. The field was clean till.
The second highest soybean yield was 85.3 Bu/A produced by Phillip McLain in the Southern Piedmont area. Philip’s Iredell County field was planted on April 22 with 40 pounds per acre of Asgrow’s AG4907, no till in 15-inch rows.
The highest soybean yield in the state in 2010 was 89.2 Bu/A also in the Southern Piedmont area, produced by Frank Howey Family Farms in Union County. Frank’s no till field of Asgrow’s AG4730 was planted at 155,000 seeds per acre, in 15-inch rows on April 25th.
Since profits are every bit as important, if not more important to farmers, there was also an efficiency contest in conjunction with the soybean yield contest, based on cost of production per bushel. This contest is referred to as the Most Efficient Yield or MEY contest. They are as follows:
The most efficient yield in the Northern Piedmont was produced by Draughn Farms in Surry County at $4.82 Bu. Jimmy, his brother Jeff, and his son Jamie, Draughn planted 87 pounds per acre of Pioneer’s 95Y40 in 7.5 inch rows on May 25th. The field has been disked once.
The most efficient yield in the Northern Coastal Plain was the field of Progeny’s 4807 RR that Harris Farms won the area yield award with. Green County brothers Ted and Pat Harris produced their beans for $4.37/Bu and irrigated this field with swine waste once.
In the southern Coastal Plain, Henry Dail’s area yield winning field of Pioneer’s 95M82 was produced for $4.03 Bu in Duplin County.
Frank Howey Family Farms from Union county had the most efficient yield in the Southern Piedmont area. His field of Asgrow’s AG4730 that won the yield contest was produced for $3.81/Bu.
The most efficient soybean yield in the state in 2010 was produced in the Tidewater by last year’s yield contest winner, Ricky Stallings from Perquimans County at $3.36/Bu using Syngenta’s S44-D5.
There were also several 60 and 70 Bushel Yield Club entrants to recognize. These contest participants achieve these yield levels in their 2010 production. The winning producers received a certificate documenting this feat. They are as follows:
Gene and Matt Perry from Perquimans County with a yield of 60.1 bushels per acre.
Allen Weeks from Pasquotank County with a yield of 60.1 bushels per acre.
Phillip Davis from McDowell County with a yield of 61.3 bushels per acre.
Scuppernong Farms in Tyrrell County with a yield of 61.9 bushels per acre.
D&S Farms in Camden County with a yield of 62.7 bushels per acre.
H.A. Respass from Washington County with a yield of 64.1 bushels per acre.
Jessica Moore from Pasquotank County with a yield of 64.8 bushels per acre.
Draughn Farms in Surry County with a yield of 65.6 bushels per acre.
Clarence Jennings from Perquimans County with a yield of 66.5 bushels per acre.
The following operations produced 70 bushels of soybeans per acre in 2010:
Ed Wood from Cherokee County with a yield of 70.9 bushels per acre.
Jason Pendleton from Pasquotank County with a yield of 72.3 bushels per acre.
Charles Gray & Sons, also from Pasquotank County with yields of 73.9 and 77.7 bushels per acre.
Boerema Farms in Hyde County produced 74.8 bushels per acre.
Isaac Boerema, also from Hyde County produced 75.1 bushels per acre.
Thomas & Wayne Rogerson, from Pasquotank County with a yield of 75.2 bushels per acre.
Kevin Matthews from Forsyth County with a second field over 70 bushels per acre.
Arelion Berry, from Pasquotank County produced 77.4 bushels of soybeans per acre.
Johnny & Brian Moore, from Rowan County with yie3lds of 79.1 and 79.2 bushels per acre.
Phillip McLain from Iredell County with a second field over 70 bushels per acre at 80.3.
Geoff Deitrich from Union County with a yield of 80.9 bushels per acre.
McLain Farms, from Iredell County with a yield of 80.9 bushels per acre.