Cullers won the MSA Yield Contest for the second year in a row. He outdid himself by growing 154.7 bushels per acre on a soybean contest plot, beating his own world record established last year with 139.39 bushels. The record-setting yield was harvested on
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The farmer from Purdy accomplished his record-breaking production by planting Pioneer 94M80 soybeans on an irrigated and conventionally tilled field near
Cullers says planting seed with a high yield potential and protecting his plants with Headline fungicide applications were the two biggest reasons for his success last year. Cullers decided to take his proven method and improve upon it with two new ideas for 2007.
"I used Optimize, a soybean growth promoter, to dramatically improve the size of my roots and a new twin-row planter manufactured by Monosem," Cullers says. "The planter enabled me to be more precise with seed placement than drilling."
Always looking for a better way to grow crops, Cullers says he will continue to push the yield level. "I believe we can someday produce 200+ bushel beans," he adds. "In our current system, we are getting our beans too tall and rank. So, next we are going to have to figure out ways to shorten our plant structure. But we are not scared to try new things."