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Three Arkansas Soybean Farmers Meet Historic Milestone

Little Rock, Ark., SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 (updated September 18, 2014) – Three Arkansas soybean farmers have breached the 100/bushel/acre milestone in the Grow for the Green Yield Contest. Matt Miles, of Desha County, David Bennett of Chicot County and Sherrie Kay Miles of Ashley County each verified their historic yields this year. The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board funds the contest, which is sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Association. Although the contest has been in place for several years, no farmer had broken the 100 bushels/acre milestone before 2013.

  • Matt Miles of Desha County with 100.609 bu/a harvested on September 10. Miles planted Pioneer P45T11R on April 18, 2014.
  • David Bennett of Chicot County with 112.012 bu/a on September 11. Bennett planted Asgrow 4632 on April 22, 2014.
  • Sherrie Kay Miles of Ashley County with 106.499 bu/a harvested on September 18. Miles planted Pioneer 48T53R on April 23, 2014

“We invest checkoff funds in the yield contest annually because it drives soybean growers to go above and beyond in their fields. We take what they learn and share it throughout the state, which increases production and profit. Congratulations to Matt, David and Sherrie Kay, the soybean board is proud of what you’ve accomplished,” said West Higginbothom, chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.

Arkansas currently ranks 10th in the nation in soybean production, producing 136 million bushels annually valued at more than $2 billion.  Arkansas soybeans are grown by thousands of Arkansas farmers in 50 of the state’s 75 counties.

The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board consists of soybean producers nominated by various producer organizations within Arkansas. Although board members contribute many hours of their time to administering the program, they serve without pay.

For more information about the Grow for the Green Yield Challenge, visit

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