Cullers honored as top soybean grower

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rural Purdy farmer Kip Cullers has been honored by the Pioneer Hi-Bred Company, a DuPont business, for winning the irrigated category of the Missouri Soybean Association yield contest. Winning entries were planted with Pioneer brand Y Series soybean varieties.

Cullers won the irrigated category with a yield of 108.8 bushels per acre with Pioneer variety 94Y80 (RR). The second highest yield came from Larry Compton, of Lamar, who got 71.7 bushels per acre from the Asgrow 3803 variety.

"After the May 22 tornado, the rain simply stopped," said J.P. Dunn, field services project coordinator for the Missouri Soybean Association. "There were farmers who irrigated who still didn't get much of a crop. These guys did a good job to get a good yield in a real challenging year."

Steve Riegel, of Washington, won the conventional category with a yield of 86.3 bushels per acre with Pioneer variety 93Y82 (RR). In addition, Steve Turner, of Hopkins, was the runner-up in the conventional category with a yield of 83.3 bushels per acre with Pioneer variety 93Y82 (RR).

In the no-till category, Charles Hinkebein, of Chaffee, won first place honors in a tight field with a yield of 83.6 bushels per acres from the Asgrow 4831 variety. The second and third place finishers got yields within six bushels per acres of Hinkebein.

"We applaud these growers for demonstrating the yield potential that can be achieved with a combination of exceptional management techniques and elite soybean varieties," said Todd Frazier, Pioneer business director for Missouri and Iowa. "We're proud that the winning entries were planted with high-yielding Y Series soybean varieties from Pioneer."

"Each year we encourage farmers to try new things to raise their management level to increase their yields," said Dale R. Ludwig, executive director and chief executive officer of the Missouri Soybean Association. "It is our hope that producers across the state learn from one another on ways to increase their yields each year."

"These winning yields further demonstrate the advances Pioneer has made in developing and producing soybeans with higher yield potential," said Frazier.

The Missouri Soybean Association yield contest is an annual competition among soybean growers with the goal of producing the highest yields. Growers compete in conventional, irrigated and no-till categories.

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