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Each year the Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge recognizes and rewards Arkansas' top soybean producers. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, Arkansas Soybean Association and the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture unite to implement and promote this contest. The board sponsors the yield challenge, which provides information and tools to Arkansas soybean producers, such as a look at how top yields are reached. Your checkoff funds are used to reward producers for their hard work in helping to increase yield in Arkansas.

2016 Results

We want to commend all of the 95 soybean producers who entered the 2016 Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest and we are proud to announce that 6 of these producers reached and exceeded the 100 bushel/acre milestone in 2016.  The Race for 100 yield contest began in 2007 and in 2013, three producers reached the goal.  In 2016, James Wray from Poinsett County set a new record of 118.802 bu/a (Pioneer P47T36R), his father Eddie Wray harvested a plot of 109.701 bu/a (Pioneer P47T36R), and his mother Barbara Annette Wray harvested 109.843 bu/a. (Pioneer P46T21R).  Michael Taylor Jr. from Helena produced 101.319 bu/a growing Asgrow AG47X6. In South Arkansas Martin Henry from Dumas grew Armor 48D24 which produced a yield of 113.888 bu/a and Layne Miles from McGehee grew NK S47-K5 with a yield of 100.994 bu/a.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Contest. We appreciate the participation of all the producers entered in the contest and the sharing of their production methods and secrets with the rest of the Arkansas soybean industry.

Rank Northeast Delta County

Variety & Technology

Bu/a

1 James Wray

Poinsett

Pioneer P47T36R  RR

118.802

2 Barbara Annette Wray

Poinsett

Pioneer P46T21R  RR

109.843

3 James E. Wray Jr.

Poinsett

Pioneer P47T36R  RR

109.701

Rank  Northeast

County

 Variety & Technology

 Bu/a

1 Brad French

Randolph

Pioneer 93Y92  RR

90.398

2 Chris Vanaman

Cross

Armor 48-D24  RR2X

89.755

3 Brian Mack

Poinsett

Armor 46-D08  RR2X

88.780

Rank White River Basin

County

Variety & Technology

 Bu/a

1 Perry Galloway

Woodruff

Pioneer P41T33R  RR

97.092

2 Terry Fuller

Monroe

Pioneer P47T36R  RR

83.317

3 Jerry Fuller

Monroe

Pioneer P47T36R  RR

80.278

Rank Central & Grand Prairie

County 

Variety & Technology 

  Bu/a

1 Drew Counce

Arkansas

NK S47-K5  RR2Y

95.177

2 Regan Counce

Arkansas

NK S47-K5  RR2Y

93.763

3 Jason Berry

Arkansas

Armor 49-R56  RR2Y

91.798

Rank East Central Delta

County

Variety & Technology 

Bu/a

1 Mike Taylor Jr.

Phillips

Asgrow AG47X6 RR2X/SR

101.319

2 Neil Culp

Phillips

Asgrow AG47X6 RR2X/SR

95.545

3 Chris Carnathan

Phillips

Asgrow AG4632 RR2Y

94.082

Rank Southeast Delta

County

Variety & Technology 

Bu/a

1 Martin Henry

Desha

Armor 48-D24 RR2X

113.888

2 Layne Miles

Chicot

NK S47-K5 RR2Y

100.994

3 Mark Welty

Chicot

Dyna-Gro 31RY45 RR2Y

92.025

Rank Western Portion of State

County

Variety & Technology 

Bu/a

1 Nicholas Moore

Conway

Terral Rev 49R94 RR

70.589

2 Lucas Moore

Conway

Armor 46-R42 RR2Y

67.489

3 Todd Hart

Conway

Pioneer P49T31L  LL

67.401

Rank Conventional Varieties

County

Variety & Technology 

Bu/a

1 Nelson Crow

Drew

UA 5612

73.178

2 Mark Nix

Cross

eMerge e4892s

63.052