North Carolina Soybean Yield Contest for 2013

As we scout soybean fields for disease and insects, NC State Extension Soybean Specialist Dr. Jim Dunphy says it’s also time to take a closer look at those fields with the state yield contest in mind:

“It is for the early planted and early maturing varieties. We have some scattered around the state, but it’s a pretty heavy concentration of them up in the north east corner.”

Dunphy says last minute entries into the yield contest are the norm:

“We can, and often do, find farmers entering the fields at the last minute. They get to the combine and realize they have a good looking yield. They call the county agent and get them set up to be there when it does get harvested and then go and put it in the contest.”

Dunphy has managed the soybean yield contest for many years and has the routine down cold, as do most county agents as to the procedure to be followed:

“You want to ask the county agent to verify the accuracy. The counties do have a provision for putting together a committee where they can get some other folks who know how to do it. These are people who have been trained and their credibility is not a question.”

After the county agent, or other monitor arrives in the field, there’s other procedures that need to be followed according to Dunphy:

“He or she needs to verify that there are not already beans sitting in the wagon or in the combine before they start to harvest. Either before or after harvest, he will measure the harvest area so we can document the acreage that was actually harvested. The agent would then accompany the load of beans to the elevator and verify that the weight is what is actually in there and nothing was added.”


“The one exception, if we have an extremely good field, one that might go over 100, the Soybean Producers have an award out for the first farmer to go over 100. Its $2500 and if he was a member of the American Soybean Association at the time it was planted, the award is doubled to $5000. If we are in that situation, we require an agent from 2 different counties to verify it.”

The size of the soybean plot harvested for the NC contest must be 3.000 acres and have straight sides. For more on the soybean yield contest visit There is no entry fee for the North Carolina contest is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.