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Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests winners announced

Farmers overcame drought and high heat to bring in some remarkable yields, organizers say.

January 17, 2023

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BIN-BUSTERS: Despite the drought and high heat of 2022, several Kansas soybean farmers were able to hit contest high marks in the 2022 Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests.fotokostic/Getty images

Another growing season has passed, and the 2022 Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests entries paint a picture of the drought measured in regions across the state. Many entrants reported a decrease in the average contest yield due to drought and high heat indexes throughout the 2022 summer.

“Even though the growing season created challenges for growers across the state, we were pleased with the steady participation in the contest,” Gail Kueser, KSA yield contest committee member, says. “We had 24 entries submitted into the yield contest, bringing the average yield to 81.04 bushels per acre.”

Outstanding fields

Ryan Patton of Powercat Land Co., Hiawatha, Kan., fared well during the season and managed to clinch first place in the irrigated and dryland categories of the yield contest. Those yields reached 98.82 bushels per acre and 94.96 bushels per acre, respectively.

Lyle Longenecker of Abilene, Kan., won the value contest with a premium of $1.74 over cash value — an increase of 37 cents over the top value in the 2021 contest.

Irrigated yields

Taking second in the statewide conventional-till irrigated division is Arganbright Farms LLC of Waterville, Kan., with a yield of 97.86 bushels per acre. Olson Family Farms of Everest, Kan., earned third with a 92.20-bushel-per-acre entry.

In the statewide no-till irrigated division, Love and Love Farms of Montezuma, Kan., came away with a first-place entry of 96.49 bushels per acre. Grimm Farms Inc., Morrill, Kan., earned second place with 95.99 bushels per acre; and Tony Spexarth, Colwich, Kan., came in third with a 90.65-bushel-per-acre entry.

Dryland yields

In the north-northeast corner of the state, Powercat Land Co. took first in the conventional-till dryland category with the same entry that topped the statewide dryland division, 94.96 bushels per acre. HBJ Farms of White Cloud, Kan., earned second with 86.98 bushels per acre. Kyle Jeshke of Highland, Kan., came in third, with a yield of 86.31 bushels per acre.

In the no-till dryland category of the north-northeast division, Henry Farms of Robinson, Kan., submitted the top yield at 86.86 bushels per acre. Johnson Ag of Bendena, Kan., took second with a yield of 84.06 bushels per acre.

In northeast Kansas’ no-till dryland division, Bigham Farms of Grantville, Kan., submitted the winning entry of 68.16 bushels per acre. Phil Halling of Lancaster, Kan., earned second in this division with 64.79 bushels per acre.

Brandon Litch of Melvern, Kan., topped the east-central no-till dryland division with a yield entry of 66.74 bushels per acre. And Robert Litch, also of Melvern, earned second at 60.03 bushels per acre.

Rod Watson took first in the southeast conventional-till dryland division, with a yield of 61.32 bushels per acre.

In the north-central conventional-till dryland division, Rod Stewart of Washington, Kan., took first with a yield entry of 61.09 bushels per acre. Stewart also topped the north-central no-till dryland division with an entry of 63.34 bushels per acre.

Aaron Pauly topped the south-central conventional-till dryland division with an entry of 62.22 bushels per acre.

Value contest

Twenty-six individuals across Kansas entered the 2022 value contest. Following the top entry from Lyle Longenecker, Scott Kennedy of Hoxie, Kan., earned second place with a sample that was a $1.73 premium over the cash price. Powercat Land Co. had the third-place entry at a premium of $1.65. The value contest analyzes a 20-ounce sample for its value-added qualities and calculates a value.

The Kansas Soybean Commission provides monetary awards to finalists each year. The highest dryland and irrigated yields in the state each receive a $1,000 award. In each district and the value contest, first place receives $300, second receives $200 and third receives $100. New to the prizes this year, first-place entrants also earned a trip to Commodity Classic in March.

Winners received recognition at the 2023 Kansas Soybean Expo, Jan. 11. Full results and production practices are listed at kansassoybeans.org/contests.

Source: Kansas Soybean

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