Sylvester claims Del. soybean contest best yield
HARRINGTON, Del. — Phillip Sylvester of Kent County was the statewide winner in the 2019 Delaware Soybean Yield Contest sponsored by the Delaware Soybean Board.
The winners were announced at Agronomy Day during Ag Week at the State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
Sylvester took home a prize of $1,000 and a plaque.
Sylvester, a farmer and crop consultant, grew 94.24 bushels per acre of full season beans, thus breaking the previous contest record by nearly 10 bushels per acre.
Sylvester grew his prize-winning crop in a no-till, irrigated field using Hubner H4228242x seed.
David Smoker of Sussex County won the statewide double crop competition with 79.38 bushels per acre, breaking the previous record by five bushels per acre. His crop of Asgrow 46X6 soybeans was also irrigated and was planted after a barley crop..
Dale Blessing was declared the Kent County full-season crop winner.
He grew 87.87 bushels per acre in an irrigated field using FS46X6. Cory Atkins, Delaware Soybean Board chairman, was Sussex County’s winner with 57.81 bushels per acre in a non-irrigated field.
His seed was Channel 4519. Blessing and Atkins each won $250.
There were double-crop winners for each county, all on irrigated land. Tim Rogers of Sussex County grew 72.30 bushels per acre with Pioneer 48 Plenish seed; Brian Warrington, Kent County, 69.81 bushels per acre Asgrow 43X8 seed, and Mike Clay, New Castle, 68.51 bushels per acre, Pioneer seed. Each won $250.
Atkins said that in 2020, a state winner would be awarded for dry land production as well as irrigated.
“There are a lot of farmers who do not irrigate, so we want to gather and share production information for this category as well,” he said.
“It is exciting to see such strong yield increases by our farmers. Sharing information on record-setting yields can potentially help increase yields for all farmers across the state, which is why the contest was created,” Atkins said.
The Delaware Soybean Board website contains full contest information at https://desoybeans.org/yield-contest/. There is also a link to a summary of results from 2012 through 2017 giving such information as planting dates, maturity groups, seeding rates and cover crops.
Soybeans are the No. 1 crop in Delaware, where farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year.
The crop generates about $60 million in value for the state’s economy.
The Delaware Soybean Board is funded by the national soybean checkoff program, which assesses 0.5 percent of the net market value of soybeans at the first point of sale to be used to support research, marketing and education programs to benefit the soybean industry.
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