Think you have what it takes to grow more than 60 bushels per acre, and do you farm in Arkansas? Then the Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas want you.
The two are partnering on the annual Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge. They have divided Arkansas into seven regions, so you’ll compete on a regional level. There’s also a category for non-GMO soybeans, which covers the entire state.
But wait — it gets better.
Not only will you have bragging rights if you’re top in your region, but there’s also cash prizes that go along.
Each regional division carries these awards: 1st place: $7,500, 2nd place $5,000 and 3rd place $2,500. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to the state’s overall yield winner across all geographic regions and categories (GMO and Non-GMO).
The top state yield winner and his or her spouse/significant other will receive a trip to 2019 Commodity Classic (travel, 2 nights lodging, registration), held from Feb. 28-March 2 in Orlando, Florida. Producers breaking the 100 bushel barrier for the first time will also be eligible for a trip to Classic.
Deadline to enter is Aug. 1. Contestants who complete the entry form will receive a cap, and all producers who turn in completed harvest reports and production sheets will receive a jacket. (quantities limited)
To read all of the rules and fine print or to download an entry form, visit the Arkansas Soybean Association. And good luck!
View results from 1999-2017 by downloading this spreadsheet.