The South Dakota Soybean Association encourages farmers to enter the Fourth Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest.
All South Dakota soybean farmers who produce 10 or more acres of soybeans are eligible to enter. Categories for entry are based on soybean maturity (Groups 0, 1, 2, 3) and production practices (No-Till, Irrigated, Non-Irrigated).
To enter the 2013 South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest, farmers must complete an Entry Form by August 31 and a Harvest Form by November 1. Growers can enter online and find additional information at www.sdsoybean.org/yieldcontest.
South Dakota Soybean will award prizes to the top entrants in each category:
•First place winners in each category receive $2,000 and up to $2,000 for a non-transferable trip for two to Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
•Second place winners in each category receive $1,500.
•Third place winners in each category receive $1,000.
In addition, all entrants who complete the Harvest Form will receive two tickets to the Awards Banquet in December, and are entered into a drawing for $2,000 worth of prizes.
The Soybean Quality Contest is an additional component of the yield contest, and is optional to enter. The soybean quality contest analyzes protein and oil content, and the first and second highest quality beans in each maturity group will receive $500 and $300 in cash, respectively. Farmers must enter the South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest in order to enter the Soybean Quality Contest.
Jon Schaeffer, a farmer from Viborg, S.D., is the chairman of the Yield Contest Committee for SDSA. Schaeffer says that all South Dakota farmers have the opportunity to benefit from the results of the Soybean Yield Contest. Once the results are in, yield contest entries are analyzed, and the data is released to the state's farmers. Producers can learn about production practices and trends that produced the highest yields. In addition, South Dakota Soybean will host a series of regional "Soybean Success Seminars" this winter that will highlight agronomic practices and trends, including information on maturity group, yield, planting date, row spacing and more.
The information gathered through the Entry Forms and the Harvest Forms is a critical component of the Soybean Yield Contest. For this reason, Schaeffer stresses the importance of entering, no matter how your yields turn out at the end of the growing season.
Enter online and find additional information at www.sdsoybean.org/yieldcontest.
The Fourth Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest is sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and managed by the South Dakota Soybean Association.Source: SD Soybean