Arkansas soybean producers are urged to enter “The Race for 100” yield contest.

The contest, with a prize of $50,000 for the first soybean producer in Arkansas to achieve 100 bushels per acre, is funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. The contest is administered by the Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

Contestants are urged to turn in entry forms before the Aug. 1 deadline. The first Arkansas producer or producers (in the event more than one producer exceeds the 100 bushels, the prize will be split evenly among the winners) will receive a $50,000 prize.

To be eligible, the harvested area of 5 to 7 acres must have been planted in soybeans in at least one of the last three production years prior to 2010 and the contestant must have paid the appropriate check-off assessments on soybeans.

“This goal is very achievable,” said Gary Sitzer, a central Arkansas producer and “Race for 100” committee chairman. “Recent record yields in Arkansas of 94 bushels per acre have shown producers the yields soybeans are capable of producing.”

In addition to seeing if it can be done, the soybean industry leadership wants to know what it takes to accomplish the feat from a management standpoint. Production information will be shared with other producers at grower meetings following the award presentation at the Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting in January 2011.

Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean specialist, said county Extension agents will verify yields for the contest. Ross believes the contest goal of producing 100 bushels is possible.

“If we have an exceptional summer with some of the ground we have in the state, it’s doable. But everything has to be just right for it to happen,” said Ross. “Contestants have to be exceptional farmers and have good land to get another 15 or 20 bushels out of their crop.”

Producers may also enter the Arkansas Soybean Association Yield Challenge sponsored by BASF, Cullum Seeds, Hornbeck Seed, and Monsanto.

Entry forms and additional details about the contests can be obtained from local county Extension offices and the Arkansas Soybean Association at (800) 247-8691 or e-mail swsoy@aristotle.net. The entry form is also available online at http://www.arspb.org. Soybean check-off funds will be used in the Race for 100 Yield Contest.