Virginia enjoying trend of growing soybean yields
RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 27, 2018) — The Virginia Soybean Association recognized winners in its annual yield contest last week during the Virginia Grain and Soybean Conference.
Announcing the awards, David Holshouser, contest coordinator and Virginia Tech Extension soybean specialist, said it was a good year for Virginia soybeans overall, with the contest’s 80-,90- and 100- Bushel clubs gaining new members.
“We didn’t set a new record but we got close,” he said.
While other state contests are still pushing for their first 100 bushel grower, Virginia did that at least five years ago and Holshouser added when he came to Virginia more than 20 years ago, the 80-bushel club was the highest club and now it’s the lowest yield club to recognize growers with awards.
He said growers have improved their growing practices and better seed technology has been key in yield gains.
“With these varieties today, you can do a lot if you give them enough inputs,” Holshauser said.
Leading the irrigated division was Frank Hula of Charles City County with a 104.18 bushel per acre yield, growing a variety from the Local Seed Company.
Jonathan and Steve Hudson of Hudson Farms in Halifax County placed second and third, respectively, in the irrigated division.
Growing the same Channel variety, Jonathan entered a yield of 101.52 bushels per acre and Steve entered a 100.75 bushel yield. Hula and the Hudsons were new members to the contest’s 100 Bushel Club.
In non-irrigated full-season beans, Curtis Packett of Heritage Farm in Westmoreland County, led with a 96.16 bushels per acre entry, planting an Asgrow variety.
Stephen Ellis of Essex County placed second with an Axis variety yielding 93.77 bushels per acre and Michael Downing of Northumberland county was third with an Asgrow variety yielding 92.62 bushels per acre.
Packett’s and Ellis’ entries earned them entrance into the contest’s 90 Bushel Club along with Brody Ellis or Essex County.
Entering the 80 Bushel Club with entries last year were Chris Smith of Charity Hill Farm in Caroline County, Shawn Woodfolk of Madison County, David Jones of Richmond County, and Ashley Houff of Rockingham County.
In the double crop division, Steve Smith of Charity Hill Farm in Caroline County led with a 72.34 bushel per acre entry planting Channel seed and Kevin and Patti Craun of Van Ike Farm in Rockingham County placed second and third, respectively. Both planting Pioneer, Kevin had a 67.19 bushel per acre yield entry and Patti had a 66.8 bushel entry.
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