This year’s soybean contest produced more than 60 bushel yields than any year in history – 54 of them. Which is not particularly surprising, given that the average yield in the state this past year was apparently 5 Bu/A higher than the previous record high yield per acre.
The highest yield in the Southern Coastal Plain area this year was 69.6 Bu/A, produced by Moses Farmer, from Harnett County. Moses planted Asgrow’s AG7231 on June 12, double cropped behind wheat, in 24-inch rows at 135,000 seeds per acre. His county extension agent is Brian Parrish.
The highest yield in the Northern Piedmont area this year was 76.2 Bu/A, produced by Matthews Family Farms, from Yadkin County. Kevin Matthews and his family planted Pioneer’s 94Y70 on May 26, in 20-inch rows at 125,000 seeds per acre. His county extension agent is Jack Loudermilk.
The highest yield submitted in the Tidewater area this year was from Renee Pendleton, from Pasquotank County at 85.1 Bu/A. Renee planted Pioneer’s 93Y92 on May 10, in 20-inch rows at 40 pounds of seeds per acre. Her county extension agent is Al Wood.
The third highest yield in the state came out of the Southern Piedmont area. Gene Hunter in Mecklenburg County, produced 85.5 Bu/A with Asgrow’s AG4730, planted on May 3 in 7.5 inch rows. He planted 109,000 seeds per acre.
The second highest yield in the state was 90.2 Bu/A, produced by Travis Starnes in Union County. Travis also planted Asgrow’s AG4730 on May 22, in 15 inch rows, at 35 pounds of seed per acre. His county extension agent is Andrew Baucom.
The highest yield in the state this year came out of Greene County. Bert Dixon, of E.H. Dixon Farms produced 92.5 Bu/A with Asgrow’s AG6732, planted double-crop behind wheat on June 20 in 30 inch rows at 55 pounds of seed per acre. His county extension agent is Roy Thaggard, Jr.
In the Most Efficient Yield, or MEY, contest, the Most Efficient Yield in the Southern Coastal Plain was Moses Farmer’s field of double cropped AG7231. His total cost of production was only $4.89 per bushel. Moses is from Harnett County, and his extension agent is Brian Parrish.
The Most Efficient Yield in the Tidewater area was produced by Craig Croft, from Perquimans County. Craig produced his beans for $3.97 per bushel. Craig planted Pioneer’s 95M82 double-cropped on June 22, in 7.5 inch rows at 50 pounds of seed per acre. His county extension agent is Lewis Smith, Jr.
The Most Efficient Yield in the Northern Piedmont was produced by Doug Sockwell, from Guilford County. Doug produced his beans for $3.51 per bushel. Dough planted Asgrow’s AG5331 double-cropped, on June 14, in 7.5 inch rows at 54 pounds of seed per acre. His county extension agent is Wick Wickliffe.
The Most Efficient Yield in the Northern Coastal Plain was Bert Dixon’s state yield contest winning field of double –cropped AG6732. His total cost of production was $3.33 per bushel. Bert is from Greene County, and his county extension agent is Roy Thaggard, Jr.
The Most Efficient Yield in the state came out of the Southern Piedmont area, and was produced by Cox Brothers Farm, in Union County. Their field of double-cropped AG5632 was produced for $3.26 per bushel. They planted on June 20 in 15 inch rows at 140,000 seeds per acre. Their county extension agent is Andrew Baucom.
Going back to the yield contest, we had 54 fields from 25 different counties, which yielded 60 bushels per acre or more. Each of these producers received a certificate documenting their membership in the 60 Bu/A Yield Club or the newer 70 Bu/A Yield Club.
The producers are:
Mike Gay, Green County, 60.1 Bu/A
Richard Aycock Farms, Wilson County, 60.2 Bu/A
Matt Sanderson, Wayne County, 60.4 Bu/A
H.A. Respass Farm, Washington County, 60.5 and 64.6 Bu/A
Bobby Leggett, Bertie County, 60.7 Bu/A
Moses Farmer, Harnett County, 69.6 Bu/A
Boerema Farms, Hyde County, 69.7 Bu/A
Draughn Farms, Surry County, 69.8 Bu/A
Allen Weeks, Pasquotank County, 70.6 Bu/A
E.H. Dixon Farms, Greene County, 10.9 and 92.5 Bu/A
Clarence Jennings, Pasquotank County, 71.1 Bu/A
Luke Blizzard, Greene County, 71.1 Bu/A
Doug Sockwell, Guilford County, 71.7 Bu/A
Beth Foster, Washington County, 71.7 Bu/A
Kyle Hardy, Lenoir County, 72.4 Bu/A
Charles Gray & Sons, Pasquotank County, 72.5 Bu/A
Phillip Austin, Union County, 73.6 Bu/A
Jeremy Gilliard, Union County, 73.9 Bu/A
Phillip Davis, McDowell County, 74.0 Bu/A
Matthew Family Farms, Yadkin County, 76.2 Bu/A
Wesley & Jessica Moore, Pasquotank County, 76.5 Bu/A
Frank Barumgartner, Johnson County, 61.1 and 62.2 Bu/A
Gene & Matt Perry, Perquimans County, 61.5 and 63.8 Bu/A
Craig Croft, Perquimans County, 61.6 Bu/A
D & S Farms, Camden County, 61.7 and 63.8 Bu/A
Glenn Smith, Wilson County, 61.9 Bu/A
James Cooley, Scotland County, 62.4 Bu/A
Cedar Crest Plantation, Currituck County, 62.6 Bu/A
Slades Creek Farm, Hyde County, 63.4 Bu/A
McDonald Brothers Farm, Robeson County, 64.5 Bu/A
John & Hunter Langdon, Johnston County, 64.7 and 69.7 Bu/A
Kevin Armstrong, Hyde County, 64.8 Bu/A
Guy Bowers, Davidson County, 65.3 Bu/A
Edward Lewis, Guilford County, 66.3 Bu/A
Brian Pope, Iredell County, 66.9 Bu/A
Kevin Cartwright, Pasquotank County, 67.4 Bu/A
McLain Farms, Iredell County, 76.9 Bu/A
Wood Farm, Cherokee County, 77.6 Bu/A
Poplar Neck Farms, Chowan County, 77.7 Bu/A
Joshua Davis, McDowell County, 79.0 Bu/A
Cox Brothers Farm, Union County, 80.4 Bu/A
Wes Hunter, Mecklenburg County, 84.1 Bu/A
Renee Pendleton, Pasquotank County, 85.1 Bu/A
Gene Hunter, Mecklenburg County, 85.5 Bu/A
Travis Starnes, Union County, 90.2 Bu/A