The Arkansas Soybean Association recently recognized the winners of the 2010 Arkansas Soybean Association Yield Challenge.  The Carnathan Group, Dow Brantley, and Kevin Goble came in first, second, and third respectively in the 2010 contest.

The Carnathan Group is a Phillips County farm, with partners Gere, Bill, Chris, and Jeff. They grew Asgrow 4907 RR and produced 89.75 bushels per acre on the winning location. The Carnathan’s planted on April 1, 2010 in 38-inch twin rows. They had a seeding rate of 140,000 and applied 90 lb K having prepared the field with a subsoil and bedder, hipper and do-all. The field was row irrigated five times during the 2010 growing season. They harvested on August 28, 2010. The field was treated with Roundup and Dicamba for burndown, Prefix pre-emerge and Roundup (twice) post-emerge. The Carnathan’s were awarded their $1000 check at the Arkansas Soybean Association Annual meeting on Jan. 25, 2011. County agent Robert Goodson assisted with the coordination and judging of the field.

Dow Brantley, Brantley Farming Co., of England, Ark., came in second with 87.68 bushels per acre. Brantley grew Pioneer 94Y70RR planted on April 6 and harvested on September 10. He planted 160,000 seeds per acre in 38-inch twin rows. The field was prepped using conventional tillage (hip & roll). Brantley applied 250 pounds of 0-18-36 and the field was furrow irrigated four times. Brantley also used Roundup and Envive pre-emerge and Sequence post-emerge. The beans were also treated with Quadris twice and Karate2 twice. Brantley won a check for $750. County agent Jeff Welch assisted with this field.

Kevin Goble, Lex Goble & Sons, from Wilson, Ark., came in third with 84.97 bushels per acre. Goble planted on April 20 and harvested September 10. He grew RC4417RR at a rate of 148,000 seeds per acre in 38-inch rows. The field was ridge tilled and treated with Round Up and Valor pre-emerge and Prefix post-emerge. The soybeans were furrow irrigated and treated with Quadris and Tundra. Goble received a check for $500. County agent Dave Freeze assisted with this contest entry.

The Arkansas Soybean Association would like to thank the sponsors of the 2010 Yield Challenge:  Armor Seed Company (first place), Monsanto (second place), and Hornbeck Seed (third place). Each of the winners also received a case of Headline from BASF. Thanks also to all the producers who entered along with the county agents and consultants who worked with and assisted the producers with the fields.

The 2011 Contests will continue with the “Race for 100 Bushels/Acre” and a new “Go for the Green ($$$$) Yield Contest” which will recognize the top four growers in the state in each of the following production categories:  Early Season, Full Season, and Double Crop.

For information on the 2011 Soybean Yield Contests please contact the Arkansas Soybean Association at (501)666-1418 or e-mail swsoy@aristotle.net.