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Southeast farmers among soybean winners

by Special to The Commercial | January 30, 2021 at 2:56 a.m.

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and the Arkansas Soybean Association announced the winners of the 2020 Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest. Several are from Southeast Arkansas, including the first winner of the new award, the Champions Category.

Winners were announced this week at the 2021 annual meeting of the Arkansas Soybean Association, according to a news release.

"Matt Miles from Desha County once again hit the 100-bushel mark with a yield of 116.858 bu/a growing Pioneer P47A64X," according to the release. "He became the winner of the first Champion of Champions category."

Southeast Arkansas winners listed by name, county and final yield include:

Taylor Burdett, Arkansas County, 93.422;

Kenneth Robertson, Desha County, 92.075;

Caper Robertson, Desha County, 91.431;

Matt Miles, Desha County, 116.858.

The contest divided state soybean producers into nine groups, seven geographic regions, one all state conventional (non-GMO) category and the new award for 2020, the Champions Category. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three producers in each division achieving a minimum of 60 bushels per acre.

"We want to commend all of the 76 soybean producers who entered the 2020 Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest, and we are proud to announce that two of these producers reached and exceeded the 100 bushel/acre milestone in 2020," according to the release.

"The Race for 100 Yield Contest began in 2007 and in 2013, the first three producers reached the goal. Ronnie Ragsdell from Lawrence County is the newest member of the 100 Bushel Club with a yield of 104.067 bu/a. Ragsdell grew Pioneer P48A60X and became the 23rd producer to join the 100 Bushel Club," according to the release.

Miles from Desha County was the other member of the 100 Bushel Club.

Details: Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, www.themiraclebean.com; or Arkansas Soybean Association, (501) 666-1418, swsoy@aristotle.net or www.arkansassoybean.com.

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