Friday, June 21, 2024

UT names 2020 Tennessee ‘Top Bean’ yield contest winners

• By Angela McClure •

ut top bean contest districts
Producers could enter once in the irrigated and non-irrigated production contests with first and second place winners at each of the five district levels (pictured) and an overall ‘Top Bean’ irrigated and non-irrigated winner at the state level.

During 2020, University of Tennessee Extension helped coordinate the second annual “Top Bean” state soybean yield contest. This contest was sponsored by the Tennessee Soybean Checkoff and was open to any producer in Tennessee or growers who farm in the state.

District winners for dryland and irrigated production in each of the five contest districts, and the winning variety planted are shared in the tables below (click on the table to open a larger version).

Sadly, one of our district winners, Larry Fowler, passed away within a few weeks of harvest, and we would like to recognize his participation to his friends and family.

Contest winners will also be recognized in a few weeks during the virtual Tennessee Soybean and Grain Conference Feb. 4.

2020 was a challenging year with hurricane events and a rainy October in many locations, but producers continued to turn in some very strong yields.

Our Top Bean irrigated winner is Justin Woodall (Grundy County) with a whopping 102.59 bushels, and our Top Bean dryland winner is Mr. Josh Watson (Loudon County) at 92.54 bushels.

Congratulations to county agents Creig Kimbro and John Goddard, who each received an agent award for having a state winning producer in irrigated or dryland production, and to Jeff Lannom who received county agent awards for turning in the first completed contest entry of the season and the most contest entries.

Wishing all a happy and healthy New Year.

2020 UT top bean dryalnd winners
Click to enlarge for the 2020 Top Bean dryland winners
2020 UT irrigated winners
Click to enlarge for the 2020 Top Bean irrigated winners

Dr. Angela McClure is University of Tennessee Extension corn and soybean specialist. She may be reached at

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