The Arkansas Soybean Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Go for the Green ($$$$) Soybean Yield Challenge. These producers will be recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Soybean Association on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Brinkley Convention Center.

Martin Henry of Desha County will take home a $10,000 cash award in the Early Season Production System division with a yield of 94.901 bushels/acres. Blake Goodman of Corning will receive $10,000 in the full season division with a yield of 89.586 bushels/acre and Tim Sisk of Wynne will win $7,500 in the double crop division with a yield of 78.593 bushels/acre.

Henry planted Armor DK4744 on Apr. 1 on furrow-irrigated, 30-inch rows. He harvested on Aug. 23, 2012. 

Goodman planted Pioneer 94Y70 on furrow-irrigated, 30-inch rows. He planted on May 12 and harvested on Oct. 3.

Sisk planted Pioneer 94Y70 on furrow-irrigated, 15-inch rows. He planted on May 20 and harvested on Oct. 23.

Additional prizes in the early season division will be awarded to Paul Bingham from Trumann; Charles Poole, Sr., from Eudora; and Kenny Qualls from Lake City.

Bingham will receive $7,500 for a second place finish of 93.57 bushels/acre. He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on Apr. 10, harvested on Sept. 11 on furrow-irrigated, 38-inch rows.

Poole will receive $5,000 for third place with a yield of 92.286 bushels/acre. He planted Pioneer 94Y70 on Apr. 1 and harvested on Aug. 9 on furrow-irrigated, 38-inch twin rows.

Qualls will take home $2,500 for a fourth place finish of 92.033 bushels/acre. He planted Asgrow 4303 on Apr. 8 and harvested on Sept. 7. He planted on furrow-irrigated, 38-inch twin rows.

In the full season division, second($7,500) place went to Roy Bloodworth from Crawfordsville. Bloodworth planted Pioneer 95Y31 on May 19 and harvested a yield of 70.823 bu/acre on Nov. 11. He planted on furrow-irrigated, 15-inch rows.

There were no eligible third and fourth place winners in the full season division, largely due to the unseasonably mild spring and early planting of most soybeans in 2012.

In the double crop division, second place ($5,000) went to Charles Galloway from Gregory with a yield of 76.656 bushels/acre. Galloway planted Asgrow 5503 on pivot-irrigated, 38-inch twin rows on June 2 and harvested on Oct. 22. 

Third place ($2,500) went to Terry Fuller of Poplar Grove with a yield of 65.54 bushels/acre. Fuller planted USG 94B81R on June 5 and harvested on Oct. 19. His field was pivot-irrigated on 38-inch twin rows.

Fourth place went to Jeff Felts from Tillar with a yield of 64.01 bushels/acre. Felts planted Pioneer 95Y01 on May 27 and harvested on Oct. 10. His field was furrow-irrigated on 38-inch twin rows.

The Go for the Green ($$$$) Yield Challenge is a project funded by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board in an effort to provide Arkansas soybean producers a glimpse into how their neighbor reaches top yields and provide information and tools to our soybean producers. The contest is administered by the Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture county agents and agronomists as well as participating private agricultural consultants who are a key element in the success of the program.

This contest is in addition to the Race for 100 Yield Contest, also sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board. The first producer to achieve 100 bushels/acre receives a cash prize of $50,000. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board oversees the expenditures of the Arkansas portion of the national soybean check-off program.

Watch for announcements on the 2013 Yield Contests. All soybean producers in Arkansas are eligible to enter. Additional production information is available on the website of the Arkansas Soybean Association (www.arkansassoybean.com).