As farmers begin preparing for fall harvest, they also should think about the annual Kansas Soybean Yield and Value Contests. Entries must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1.

Kansas State University Extension personnel or a designee must witness the harvest. A designee may be anyone not involved with the farm enterprise. For example, a family member or input supplier may not serve as the witness.

Pertaining to harvest, some of the contest rules’ highlights include the following.

An entry shall consist of one, contiguous field of at least five acres. Farm Service Agency measurements will serve to verify a field’s size if entered in its entirety. If not, the harvest witness must take measurements with a measuring wheel, GPS device or smartphone app. If using an electronic method, a color printout must accompany the entry.

Contestants should notify their Extension county offices of when harvest is to begin as early as possible.

The harvest witness must inspect the combine’s grain hopper and verify it is empty before harvest begins.

Only official elevator-scale tickets shall verify the soybeans’ weight. While a minimum of 5 acres must be checked, the entire field’s weight may be taken.

Thanks to the Kansas Soybean Commission, the highest dryland and irrigated yields in the contest each will receive a $1,000 award. The overall winner could earn an additional $1,000 for surpassing the standing record of 104.14 bushels per acre. Further, in each district, first place will win $300, second will earn $200, and third will receive $100.

Managed by the Kansas Soybean Association (KSA), the contests are free to all Kansas farmers, but there is a limit of one entry per field. One person may enter multiple categories—conventional or no-till, which now includes strip-till, dryland or irrigated.

Farmers may enter the value contest, which evaluates protein and oil contents, without entering the yield contest and vice versa.

The complete rules are available at https://KansasSoybeans.org/contests on the web, from the Kansas Soybean office at 877-KS-SOYBEAN, 877-577-6923 or info@kansassoybeans.org and in K-State Extension offices across the state.

“The contest is an incentive for farmers to maximize soybean yield and protein and oil contents and an opportunity to share the production practices that achieve those high levels of yield and value,” said Greg Strube, Horton, who chairs KSA’s contests committee.

Winners will receive their plaques, certificates and monetary awards during the Kansas Soybean Expo, Jan. 8, 2020, in Topeka.

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