Waller Brothers Farms Breaks Kentucky Soybean Yield Record

   The Kentucky Soybean Board honored its yield and quality contest winners at the Kentucky Commodity Conference on Thursday. Waller Brothers Farms of Union County had the top full-season entry in the state, with the highest yield on record for Kentucky, 108.39 bushels per acre. The 2018 growing season was a tough one for producers across the state, with rainfall in some areas 20 or more inches above average. The Waller Brothers entry was harvested from a non-irrigated field. 
   To commemorate this milestone, the Kentucky Soybean Board presented Waller Brothers Farms with “100 Bushel Club” jackets, personalized with their farm name, crop year and winning yield numbers in addition to the standard trophies and prize money.  Other entrants into the 100 Bushel Club for 2018 include O’Bryan Grain Farms of Daviess County with 102.55 bushels per acre, PPJ Thompson Farms of Daviess County with 100.52 bushels per acre, and Greenwell Acres of Union County with 105.08 bushels per acre. 
   In double-crop soybeans, Alex and Tim Thomas, also of Union County, topped the division with 71.30 bushels per acre. Double-crop beans are sown into the stubble of winter wheat, which is harvested in the spring. This process gets its name because the farmer gets a “double crop” from the field, as opposed to full-season soybeans, which yield only one crop per year. 
   Other yield contest winners include Wells Brothers Farms of Union County, Greenwell Acres and Lea Meredith of Henderson County, Drew Langley of Hardin County, Franks Sunrise Farm of Todd County, O’Bryan Grain Farms of Daviess County and KSW Farms of Wayne County.    For complete yield and quality contest information, visit www.kysoy.org. Yield contest information may be found under the “News” tab.
   In the 2018 soybean quality contest, all of the winning entries were from Wayne County. David Denney had the highest percent oil at 20.02 and the highest percent protein at 36.88, while second place in oil went to Thomas Kelsay and second place in protein went to KSW Farms. 
   The Kentucky Commodity Conference is the annual meeting of soybean, corn and small grain growers in the state. The Kentucky Soybean Yield and Quality Contest is sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Association, the Kentucky Soybean Board and the University of Kentucky with support from Corteva Agriscience, Agrigold, FMC, Bayer, Beck’s Hybrids, Stine, and Concept Ag. ∆

 Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board Chair Ryan Bivens (left) presented top soybean quality honors for protein (36.88 percent)
 and oil (20.02 percent) to Sharon and David Denney of Wayne County. 

 Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board Chair Ryan Bivens (left) presented the first-place double-crop            
 soybean plaque to Tim Thomas of Running T Farms. 

 Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board Chair Ryan Bivens (left) and University of Kentucky Grain Crops Specialist Carrie Knott
 presented Darrell Cowan, representing Waller Brothers Farms, with the state championship plaque and traveling trophy. 
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