Growers learn from South Dakota yield contest data

Yield Harvest Report Forms for the South Dakota Soybean Yield Contest are due next week.

South Dakota Soybean Council Vice-President Marc Reiner says something can be learned from the results of the contest.

“And as we collect this data we’re going to have a group of agronomists look at it, pick it apart, put it back together, and this winter we’re going to have some seminars where producers can come and see what we’ve learned,” said Reiner, in an interview with Brownfield Ag News.

When contest results are known it’s likely that, because of the drought, amounts harvested will be short of what they are most years, but Reiner says the information is still critical.

“And so we hope to learn a lot,” said Reiner, who farms in southeastern South Dakota. “We’ve got varying conditions throughout the state this year, places where there was moisture – we hope to learn what those producers did to maximize their yields – and places where moisture was short. We also want to learn what those producers did to see why there were differences in yields in those parts of the state.”

In addition to yield, another component of the contest measures soybean quality. The Yield Harvest Report Forms are due at the South Dakota Soybean Association Office November 1.

AUDIO: Marc Reiner (2 min. MP3)

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