Top Soybean Yields Goes Beyond Plots

World record holder Kip Cullers proves that 100-plus bushel yields can happen in real-world conditions.

Kip Cullers holds two world records for soybean yields - the second was when he topped his previous-year numbers. He didn't set a record in his contest plots for 2008, thanks to a cooler year, clouds and a host of other issues that "piled on" for his operation. Yet he hit another milestone, topping 100-bushel yields in two of his commercial fields.

In a release from Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Company, details of the Purdy, Mo., farmer's success with soybeans is outlined. Cullers had an 85-acre irrigated field yield 103 bushels on average and another 160-acre field make 106 bushels per acre. "We're managing our non-contest fiels a lot like our contest beans, which has boosted yields," Cullers remarks in the announcement.

As for his contest entry? Cullers is no slouch there topping 117 bushels per acre with Pioneer 94B73 (RR) soybeans. That was enough to give him the top title in the Missouri Soybean Association's annual contest for the third year in a row in the irrigated category. Charles Hinkebein of Chaffee, Mo., won the conventional category with a 109.3-bushel yield using Asgrow's 4903 soybeans. Hinkebein also got top honors in the No-Till category with a yield of 92.3 bushels per acre using Pioneer 94M30 soybeans.

The contest results are exciting for both - Hinkebein is only the third farmer on record to yield more than 100 bushels per acre for soybeans.

Cullers looks at how he's boosting his commercial yields using those record-setting techniques. In the press announcement, he comments: "It's important to put the right genetics on the right field, and incorporating management practices across the board has helped us reach and maintain higher yields."

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