Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension soybean specialist, points to guidelines for entering the 2013 yield contest. He notes that the WSA contest was organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices and to show the importance of using sound cultural practices when growing soybeans.
Any sound production system can be entered. Two winners will be selected from each of four geographical districts in the Badger state.
Districts are based on long term county soybean yield averages.
To qualify for the 2013 contest, entrants must be at least 14 years old on or before Aug. 1. More than one person in a family can enter, but each entry must have a separate entry and fee. Any individual contestant may enter more than one entry in the contest.
The contest field must be located in Wisconsin. Contest entry must be a least 10 continuous acres of one variety. An entry can be more than 10 acres if contestant desires. Contestants may select the best 10 acres in a soybean field larger than 10 acres and enter that variety.
The variety that is originally entered must be the same variety that is reported on the harvest report form. The land entered in the contest must be owned or leased by the entrant. The variety entered must be commercially available.
There is a $75 fee for each entry, which must be postmarked by Aug. 1, to be eligible for the contest. No late entries will be accepted. The entry fee in the form of your personal check must be received with the entry form or the form cannot be accepted.
The supervisor's names must be on the Soybean Yield Contest entry form along with their title, address and telephone number and email before the entry can be accepted. The supervisor is responsible for overseeing all computations and field measurements and must be present during harvesting, weighing and moisture testing. The entrant is responsible for mailing the information to Conley.
The contest entry must be harvested in accordance with the harvest procedures set forth by the WSA. Harvest report forms are required to be completed and sent to Conley postmarked no later than seven days after harvest and not later than Nov. 22, 2013, whichever date is earlier. It's the responsibility of the entrants to see that these forms are properly completed and mailed in by the deadlines.
Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($1,000) and second ($500) place winners in each geographic region. The winner is the entry that has the highest soybean yield based on bushels per acre at 13% moisture. In the event of a tie both entrants will be recognized as co-winners.
Each entrant is eligible to win only one trophy and cash prize. If an entrant enters two or more entries and all entries place as a winner or runner-up, a trophy and cash prize will be awarded only for the highest yielding entry. Awards will be presented at the Wisconsin Corn/Soybean Expo held at Wisconsin Dells in February 2014.