Pa. growers may enter soybean yield contest

HARRISBURG — Although harvest still is a number of weeks away, the deadline for entering the Pennsylvania Soybean Yield Contest is nearing.

Pennsylvania growers are encouraged to enter the contest now. The deadline to enter is Sept. 1, while the deadline for submitting the grower’s actual harvest yield report is Nov. 15.

The Pennsylvania Soybean Yield Contest is designed to focus farmer attention on agronomic and management skills that will increase soybean yields and profitability. The contest is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Soybean Board in association with Penn State University Extension.

Contest rules encourage producers from throughout the state to enter. The contest recognizes not only the statewide grand champion but also the top growers in each of five regions of Pennsylvania. Additionally, growers who reach the 90-bushel mark will receive recognition.

The top producer in each region will win a trip to the Commodity Classic, the annual joint convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Grain Sorghum Producers, to be held in 2018 in Anaheim, Calif.

The contest was launched by the Pennsylvania Soybean Promotion Board in 1992. A flyer and entry form is available on the Pennsylvania Soybean Board website at or by calling the board at 717-651-5922.

The farmer-controlled board is responsible for managing Pennsylvania’s share of funds received from the nationwide Soybean Checkoff program. The funding is available under an assessment program, approved by Congress in 1990, under which soybean farmers contribute 50 cents of every $100 they receive for their beans at the first point of sale.

Funds are used to develop markets, educate consumers, and research new ways to use and produce soybeans more efficiently.