The Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) Soybean Yield Contest is organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices that highlight the importance of using sound cultural practices in Wisconsin soybean production systems. In 2022, there’s a few changes to encourage more Wisconsin soybean growers to participate!
|According to Dr. Shawn Conley, UW-Extension Soybean Specialist, they will be waiving entry fees for participating soybean growers in 2022. Plus, they’re adding a new category awarding a statewide grower with the highest yield as a first-time contest. Growers that are interested or have questions can contact Conley through coolbean.info or on Twitter @badgerbean. Here’s a few of the guidelines that growers need to follow.|
Any soybean production system can enter in the contest. Two winners will be selected from each of the four geographical divisions in the state. Divisions are based on long-term county soybean yield averages. WSA is not responsible for incorrect or missing entries. All rules set forth herein apply to all entries.
Contestant must be at least fourteen (14) years of age or older on or before December 1, 2022. More than one person in a family can enter, but each must have a separate entry.
RELEASE OF CONTEST ENTRY FIELD RECORDS
If requested, the contestant agrees to provide records to WSA of their methods of handling and preparing the land; cultivation and weed control methods; insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and rates of same that are used; the brand and variety of seed, seeding rate; date of planting, type and brand of soybean planter, row width and date of harvesting; and amount of each application and type of irrigation used. Failure to provide such records may lead to disqualification.
CONTEST FIELD AND ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS
Contest field must be in the state of Wisconsin. Contest entry must be at least 5 continuous acres of one variety. Contestant may select the best 5 acres in a soybean field larger than 5 acres and enter that variety. In the interest of Best Management Practices, grass waterways may be a part of the contest plot area. The length of any rows planted in a grass waterway will be included in the harvested row length if soybean rows are planted in the waterway. If soybean rows are not planted in the waterway, the length of each row will not include areas in the waterway. The land entered in the Contest must be owned or leased by the contestant and located in Wisconsin. The variety entered must be currently commercially available.
MULTIPLE CONTEST ENTRIES
Any individual contestant may enter more than one entry in the contest. Any individual can win only one state award.
Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2022, to be eligible for this contest. No late entries will be accepted.
SUPERVISOR ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS
A supervisor is required for overseeing all computations and field measurements and must be present during harvesting, weighing, and moisture testing. The Wisconsin Soybean Program will only approve supervisors meeting the following qualifications: FFA Advisor, Agricultural Education Instructor, County Extension Agent or Assistant, Natural Resources Conservation Service senior staff, Farm Service Agency CED/Loan Manager/Officer, Farm Credit Services Officer, Bank Ag Loan Officer, Private Crop Consultant, College of Agriculture Instructor, American Society of Farm Managers accredited
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