The Arkansas Soybean Association recently announced the Grow for the Green Soybean Yield Challenge is open for the ninth year. The contest is open to all soybean producers in Arkansas and the entry deadline is Thursday, Aug. 1, according to a news release.


The state is divided into seven geographic regions and an entire state conventional (non-GMO) category. Categories are:


1. Northeast Delta: Mississippi, Crittenden, and East of Crowley’s Ridge in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross Counties;


2. Northeast: Randolph, Lawrence and West of Crowley’s Ridge in Clay, Greene, Craighead, Poinsett, Cross Counties;


3. White River Basin: Independence, Jackson, Woodruff, White, Monroe Counties;


4. Central & Grand Prairie: Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, Arkansas Counties;


5. East Central Delta: St. Francis, Lee, Phillips, Desha (Snow Lake Area) Counties;


6. Southeast Delta: Jefferson, Lincoln, Drew, Ashley, Chicot, Desha Counties;


7. Western: Remainder of the state;


8. Conventional Division: Entire State non-GMO production.


Cash prizes for each category will be awarded to the top three producers (minimum of 60 bushels/acre) at the Arkansas Soybean Association Annual Meeting in January.


First place is worth $7,500, second place is worth $5,000, and third place is $2,500. The top producer in the state across all categories will receive additional prize money and a trip to Commodity Classic in March 2020.


New this year is a bonus for producers achieving 120 bu/ac by 2020. The prize for this portion of the contest is $10,000 (split if more than one producer reaches the goal).


Crop production information is being compiled by personnel with the Arkansas Soybean Association and/or the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as a resource for Arkansas producers on all those who enter the contests, according to the release.


The 2018 data along with all previous contest results are available on the Arkansas Soybean Association website at www.arkansassoybean.com.


“These contests and the production information gleaned from the producers show the continued potential of soybean production in Arkansas,” said Jeremy Ross, extension agronomist for soybeans. “All producers should be interested in the results.”


The 2018 crop year produced one new 100-bushel winner: William Palsa from Tillar achieved this goal with Local Seed LS4565 and a yield of 107.394 bu/a. A total of 18 producers have achieved the 100 bu/ac. threshold.


New producers in 2019 who achieve the 100-bushel mark are eligible for $5,000 (divided if more than one) and membership in the club. New 100 Bushel club members are also eligible for a trip to Commodity Classic.


This contest is administered by the Arkansas Soybean Association with funding provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board using soybean checkoff funds. Crop management assistance is provided by the U of A System Division of Agriculture Extension personnel and many of the state certified crop consultants.


A contest field must have been planted to soybean in at least one of the last three production years prior to 2019, and the contestant must have paid the appropriate checkoff assessments on the soybean. Rules for 2019 include the one division/one person or entity/one field. Producers are also requested to notify their county extension agent and the Arkansas Soybean Association of specific field location (GPS coordinates) at least seven days prior to harvest. Field GPS coordinates will also be needed before harvest.


The entry deadline is Aug. 1. Entry forms with rules are available at www.arkansassoybean.com or www.themiraclebean.com or a local county extension agent or by calling 501-666-1418.