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100-bushel king and queen crowned in South Dakota100-bushel king and queen crowned in South Dakota

Benefits of irrigation shine in drought-year yields.

Kevin Schulz

January 4, 2022

4 Min Read
Kory Standy in soybean field
BEAN KING: Kory Standy and his wife, Tonya, topped the 2021 South Dakota Soybean Association yield contest with 118.48 bushels per acre and 108.82, respectively, on their subsurface irrigated land neat Platte in Charles Mix County, Mo. Farm Progress

The king and queen of South Dakota soybean growers hail from Charles Mix County.

The South Dakota Soybean Association recognized its yield and quality contest winners during the association’s recent AgOutlook Conference in Sioux Falls, and Kory and Tonya Standy took home top honors, with yields of 118.48 bushels per acre and 108.82, respectively, on irrigated ground.

“I was amazed with the yield — best yield I ever had,” Kory says. In a drought year, the Platte-area farmer was able to make good use of his subsurface irrigation. “We never had big winds, and my beans didn’t lodge this year, and everything turned out really well,” he says.

Kory’s winning soybean was Pioneer P28A42X, while Tonya took runner-up honors with Asgrow AG26XF1. The Standys helped the soybeans along with a foliar fungicide applied at the R2 to R3 stage, as well as micronutrients and potash injected through subsurface irrigation. Both were entered in the Group 2 or 3 Irrigated category.

The Standys incorporate a corn-soybean rotation “because it seems like you can pick up 10-, 15-, 20-bushel yield by doing the rotation,” Kory says.

Winter wheat is rotated into the farm’s dryland ground. Kory admits his dryland soybean yields dropped off 50 to 60 bushels an acre.

Contest rules state the contest field must be at least 10 continuous acres and a minimum of 3 acres must be harvested from this area. A third-party witness, such as an FFA adviser, university personnel, crop insurance agent, lender or other impartial witness must be present to supervise measuring, harvesting and weighing of the yield for each entry.

Friendly competition

Kory sees entering yield contests as a way to continue improving practices that can benefit the overall farm. “It’s a good way to see how good we are and see if we can keep improving on it,” he says. He also cherishes the friendly competition that develops between growers, as well as sharing practices and ideas.

Kory has entered the state soybean yield contest over the past few years, racking up multiple wins, but this year’s 118 is his best yet.

He echoes the “best crop ever” on his irrigated cornfield, with a yield of 312.32 bushels per acre — good enough for second place in South Dakota in the Conventional Irrigated category in the National Corn Growers Association yield contest. “I’d kind of like to hit 120 on the beans, and hopefully, I’ll get that done here.”

The Standys’ son Chandler, 25, won the yield main class two years ago but has yet to eclipse the 100-bushel mark. “He wants to get to that mark, but to do it on his own,” Kory says, “and we hope we can get him to that.”

Chandler will be working some of his parents’ dryland and irrigated ground this year to work toward that 100-bushel plateau.


Soybean results

Here are the soybean yield winners from South Dakota, given in bushels per acre:

Group 0, No-till

  • Jerry Houslog, Moody County, 73.82; Asgrow AG09XF0

  • Mitchell McCranie, Brown County, 72.94; Asgrow AG09XF0

  • Paul Voigt, Bon Homme County, 54.01; Asgrow AG09X9

Group 0 or 1, Irrigated

  • Adam Weise, Moody County, 81.62; Pioneer P09A62X

  • John Wipf, Brookings County, 70.64; Channel 1619R2X

Group 1, Nonirrigated

  • Aubrey Scherff, Moody County, 84.22; Asgrow AG16X0

  • Paul Scherff, Moody County, 84.13; Asgrow AG16X0

  • Adam Wiese, Moody County, 79.96; Pioneer P18A98X

Group 1, No-till

  • Chuck Beving, Clark County, 83.98; Pioneer P11T55E

  • Garret Meier, Clark County, 76.01; Pioneer P16T58E

  • Conrad Waldner, Beadle County, 72.50; 18X128 distributed by Legend Seeds

Group 2, Nonirrigated

  • Rocky Schreurs, Minnehaha County, 82.49; AE2110 Apex distributed by Mustang Seeds

  • Harold Wipf, Hutchinson County, 80.71; Pioneer P28A42X

  • David Rochel, Brookings County, 73.39; Asgrow AG20X9

Group 2, No-till

  • Doug Hanson, Union County, 84.21; Golden Harvest GH2818E3

  • Justin Reaves, Moody County, 80.03; Asgrow AG20X9

  • Dean Bosse, Union County, 74.33; Golden Harvest GH2922E3

Group 2 or 3, Irrigated

  • Tonya Standy, Charles Mix County, 108.82; Asgrow AG26XF1

  • Steve Hagena, Turner County, 98.63; Pioneer P28A42X

  • Jarrod Hagena, Turner County, 92.18; Pioneer P28A42X

Group 3, Nonirrigated

  • James Hora, Hutchinson County, 70.72; Pioneer P31A95BX

  • Jon Schaeffer, Yankton County, 62.77; Pioneer P31A95BX

  • Nicholas Kniffen, Bon Homme County, 62.66; Pioneer P31A22X

Group 3, No-till

  • Paul Voigt, Bon Homme County, 67.47; Asgrow AG30X9

  • Brian Schmidt, Turner County, 63.24; Asgrow AG30XF1

  • Jay Kokes, Charles Mix County, 60.16; Pioneer P31A22X

Master’s Class

  • Kory Standy, Charles Mix County, 118.48; Pioneer P28A42X

  • Tonya Standy, Charles Mix County, 108.82; Asgrow AG26XF1


Youth yield contest

Below are youth soybean yield winners:

Group 0 or 1, Nonirrigated

  • Jackson Hauglid, Moody County, 68.98; Integra 51629N

Group 2 or 3, Nonirrigated

  • Myles Kokes, Charles Mix County, 55.77; Pioneer P21A28X


Soybean quality contest

Below are winners for soybean quality:

Group 0

  • Paul Voigt, Bon Homme County, Asgrow AG09X9; oil, 19.9%; protein, 34.8%; estimated processed value, 174.7

  • Adam Wiese, Moody County, Pioneer P09A62X; oil, 19%; protein, 35.4%; EPV, 173.4

Group 1

  • Thomas Hagedorn, Moody County, NK S13-E3; oil, 19.5%; protein, 35.1%; EPV, 174.2

  • Richard Wiese, Moody County, Pioneer P18A98X; oil, 19.5%; protein, 34.7%; EPV, 173

Group 2

  • Tim Hofer, Hutchinson County, 27X827 distributed by Legend Seeds; oil, 19.3%; protein, 35%; EPV, 173.2

  • Doug Hanson, Union County, Golden Harvest GH2818E3; oil, 19.1%; protein, 34.7%; EPV, 171.6

Group 3

  • Paul Voigt, Bon Homme County, Asgrow AG30X9; oil, 19.6%; protein, 35.7%; EPV 176.4

  • Nicholas Kniffen, Bon Homme County, Pioneer P31A22X; oil, 19.4%; protein, 34.3%; EPV, 171.5


Youth soybean quality contest

Here are the winners in the youth quality contest:

Group 1

  • Jackson Hauglid, Moody County, Integra 51629N; oil, 18.9%; protein, 34.2%; EPV, 169.4

Group 2

  • Myles Kokes, Charles Mix County, Pioneer P21A28X; oil, 20.3%; protein, 33.2%; EPV, 166.4


100-bushel club

The 2020 100-bushel club winners are:

  • Bob Creasey, Charles Mix County, 118.14; Pioneer P28A42X

  • LaRohn Hagena, Turner County, 101.12; Pioneer P28A42X

About the Author(s)

Kevin Schulz

Editor, The Farmer

Kevin Schulz joined The Farmer as editor in January of 2023, after spending two years as senior staff writer for Dakota Farmer and Nebraska Farmer magazines. Prior to joining these two magazines, he spent six years in a similar capacity with National Hog Farmer. Prior to joining National Hog Farmer, Schulz spent a long career as the editor of The Land magazine, an agricultural-rural life publication based in Mankato, Minn.

During his tenure at The Land, the publication grew from covering 55 Minnesota counties to encompassing the entire state, as well as 30 counties in northern Iowa. Covering all facets of Minnesota and Iowa agriculture, Schulz was able to stay close to his roots as a southern Minnesota farm boy raised on a corn, soybean and hog finishing farm.

One particular area where he stayed close to his roots is working with the FFA organization.

Covering the FFA programs stayed near and dear to his heart, and he has been recognized for such coverage over the years. He has received the Minnesota FFA Communicator of the Year award, was honored with the Minnesota Honorary FFA Degree in 2014 and inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame in 2018.

Schulz attended South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural journalism. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and now belongs to its alumni organization.

His family continues to live on a southern Minnesota farm near where he grew up. He and his wife, Carol, have raised two daughters: Kristi, a 2014 University of Minnesota graduate who is married to Eric Van Otterloo and teaches at Mankato (Minn.) East High School, and Haley, a 2018 graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is married to John Peake and teaches in Hayward, Wis. 

When not covering the agriculture industry on behalf of The Farmer's readers, Schulz enjoys spending time traveling with family, making it a quest to reach all 50 states — 47 so far — and three countries. He also enjoys reading, music, photography, playing basketball, and enjoying nature and campfires with friends and family.

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